Your Horse, Disaster Preparedness

 Your Horse





  • Horses digestive tracks are sensitive; keep the diet it is accustomed to during disasters

  • Food and special feed should be enough to last at least one week per horse

  • Store in air tight, waterproof container and rotate once every three months

  • Have an extra feed bucket on hand in case of damage or loss to the other bucket



  • Dehydration is a major problem for a horse under stress and water supplies are disrupted during disasters

  • Have a supply of water for at least one week; 50 gal. barrels, one per horse is good. Store in cool, dark place and rotate with fresh water often.

  • Tap water is also not suitable for pets in an emergency

  • Have an extra water bucket handy



  • Maintain a clean environment for horses to minimize the threat of disease

  • Keep one week supply of shavings (per horse) to be spread out in horses’ stalls. Make sure it stays dry.

  • Keep a pitch fork in disaster supplies

  • If space allows, have a wheelbarrow or a muck bucket



  • Use a microchip, tattoo, freeze brand

  • Temporary marking would include a livestock crayon with your name, phone number and address on the horse; clippers to shave name, address and phone number on its coat; or Braid an ID tag in the horse’s mane.

  • Have a current photo of your Horse(s) with owners of the animal in it for easier identification, Bill of Sale, and other Documentation that proves ownership.



  • Check with your vet for supplies: cotton and cotton rolls, disposable surgical gloves, vet wraps, duct tape, telfa pads, Betadine, instand cold packs, easy boot, diapers, Furazone, scissors, Blue Lotion, and tweezers.



  • Have a two week supply/horse if horse is on long term medication.

  • Check to see if Vet has disaster plan, if not, find one for medical care during the disaster

  • Keep medical records and vacination records with disaster supplies

  • Keep horses up to date on all vaccinations, especially tetanus.

  • Keep a current copy of your horses’ Coggins certificate



  • Make sure you have a horse trailer and truck that is in good condition to safely take you and your horse(s) to a temporary shelter.

  • Look at: the floor of the trailer; the trailer hitch; the tires; the lights

  • If you don’t own a trailer, make arrangements before the disaster about transporting your horse(s)



  • Have a rope to tie out your horse. Make sure he is trained to tether before you do this.Have a halter and lead rope for each of your horses. The halters should be leather and the lead ropes cotton; all for safety.

  • Make sure you have plenty of time to evacuate. Large animals take time to move safely. Practice loading and unloading your horse in a trailer.

  • Ahead of time, find a place to unload your animals; racetrack, stable, fairgrounds, equine centers are just a few suggestions.

  • Set up a “buddy” system with other horse owners to share and assist one another in an emergency.

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