Are You Prepared For An Equine Disaster?

by Michelle Drum September 01, 2015 1 min read

Are You Prepared For An Equine Disaster?

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.

Keeping your horse safe in a disaster

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Barn Blog

riders wear airbag jackets at competition
3 Best Equestrian Airbag Jackets

by Michelle Drum January 20, 2022 4 min read

When competing, riders should wear a proper equestrian jacket, and that’s where airbag jackets come in. These 3 equestrian airbag jackets maintain the sleek and fitted look of an equestrian jacket, while providing room for an air vest underneath.
Ladies in Horse Riding Breeches
10 Best Horse-Riding Breeches

by Michelle Drum January 12, 2022 4 min read

More goes into finding the right breeches than you might think. Here’s what to look for and our recommendations for the best riding breeches to choose from.
Equestrian jumping saddle
10 of the Best English Jumping Saddles

by Michelle Drum January 06, 2022 7 min read

A properly-fitting saddle maximizes comfort for both you and your horse and aids performance by sending clear communication from you to your horse. Different kinds of saddles are designed for different riding disciplines, each with features that help you handle the requirements and skills involved in each discipline.English jumping saddles are specifically made for hunter, [...]