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In case of an emergency..

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Jun 2, 2021 3:32:08 PM

You never know when an emergency may occur, so it is important to always stay prepared. It may be too late to prepare for the current emergencies, but you can always prepare for the future.

Classic Equine Equipment BlogThe most important thing to do? Have a plan. Don’t THINK about having a plan – HAVE A PLAN! Flooding and fire are the two most common causes for barn evacuation. Who will do what, where will horses go, what about hay and feed, and how will you identify your horses later?

Here is a detailed list of questions you should answer for evacuation plan:

Classic Equine Equipment Blog-How will you monitor the situation – TV, radio, social media? Who is most likely to have the most up to date information? Social media is great, but they may not have all the information such as road closures, evacuation centers, etc.                              

-Who is responsible for relaying the information to horse owners or others associated with your barn? How will you communicate this?

-Will owners be required to come in and take care of their own horses or will the barn manager take responsibility as the lead on decisions?

-What are the options for evacuation? A barn fire may just necessitate moving horses to a faraway pasture. Larger disasters may mean moving several miles away. Is everyone going together? Who decides who goes where?

-Who has trailers, and how many horses can each haul? Also, are only certain people able to drive the trailers?

-Will you take feed and supplies for all horses or are owners responsible for getting their own feed. What about medications?

-Will someone be responsible for taking tack, water/feed buckets, etc?Classic Equine Equipment Blog

-Do you have an emergency supply of halters and lead ropes stored somewhere for easy access. Even if you normally keep your horse’s halter close by, in all the chaos of evacuation you may find your halter/lead missing.

-If your horse isn’t comfortable being trailered make sure to practice so that he loads easily. A fire or flood is not a good time to learn your horse isn’t a good loader.

-Finally, look at the tough decisions. What will you do if you can’t take your horses? In this situation it’s better to put on a break-away halter with your i.d. and turn them loose. They will do their best to survive. Don’t tie them up or leave them in a stall and hope someone will come and rescue them.

There are several ways you can i.d. your Classic Equine Equipment Bloghorse so it can to be returned to you. Some simple and easy ways include engravable dog tags from the pet store and attach it to the horse’s halter. Write your phone number in indelible ink or paint on your horse’s hooves. Or, write your contact information and seal in a waterproof bag. Braid or tie it into your horse’s mane.

We hope you never have to face a disaster that puts you and your animals at risk. But just in case, make sure you have a plan in place – and everyone knows what it is.

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