Hurricane season is getting ready to ramp up here in the South East. I thought what better way to start off September than by sharing this AWESOME info-graphic from UC Davis. Although we are a far cry from the coast nestled here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, when we get rain from tropical depressions, we are just as likely to need a plan for our equine friends.
Mud slides, fallen trees, flooding are common problems in our area after heavy rain. Power outages are not to be forgotten either. If there is a massive long term power outage - are you prepared with a cache of water & feed? Will your horses respect a fence line that is no longer hot?
Some personal thoughts - on our farm we fill all the spare buckets and water troughs if we are expecting an ice storm or a situation where we may lose power for several days. We will even store a big one in the barn in case we need to refill water buckets.
Friends of ours have fencing that is exclusively electric wire. They have a charged car battery in their emergency kit, so if the solar charger goes down, or the power is out long term, they can keep their horses safe.
UC Davis provided this poster to get horse owners thinking, talking and preparing for that unlikely disaster.
Share in your comments below some things you keep in your emergency kit or are on your reaction plan.
Let’s face it… riding in the colder months is not that enjoyable at times. Between the wet, and the cold, and the snow, and the wind… need I go on? But after years of braving Midwest winters, I’ve found the secret to surviving these somewhat dreaded months! It all comes down to proper clothing...
One question we often get is along the lines of “How do I put these spur straps on my new spurs??”, “What side does the buckle go on?”, or “Is there a right and left spur?” So today I made a handy little video showing you how to put spurs straps on your spurs and answer our most frequent questions about spurs!