HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HORSE FOR EVACUATION
Make sure your trailer is accessible and ready to use.
Make sure your horse will load. Even the most seasoned loaders may balk under stress so be ready.
If you can’t take all your horses in one trip make sure you know which ones are priority. You don’t want to waste time trying to catch and load one horse when you could have some others loaded, delivered and be back for more.
If you can’t take all your horses in one trip and you have time to come back, keep the remaining herd in an area for easy availability or leave someone behind to catch them.
If you do not have time for more than one trip, release your remaining herd. Close all gates and barn doors so that they will not try to go in. Give them a chance to escape the disaster.
Arrange a private place to take your horses to where you know they will be safe and well cared for. Talk to your friends and find a place far enough away from the danger area. Do not rely on public arenas and such as they are not a for sure place.
Evacuate your horse to a safe place before you have to. If there is any doubt MOVE them.
If you get a 72 hour alert move them as that can change in the blink of an eye and you may then have to choose between your favorite and the rest.
Make sure each horse is documented.
Have a halter and lead rope for each horse hanging in an easy to get to spot.
Attached to the bottom of the halter with a twist tie a resealable sandwich bag containing the following information: 1. A pictures of your horse showing all markings (both sides and face) 2.Horses name, age, sex, breed color, identifiable markings, tattoos, chip 3. Medical history, last vaccinated, wormed, injuries. 4. Vet’s name, address and phone number. 5. Owners name and all contact numbers. 6.Special instructions/behaviour traits for the care of your horse. ie: Hard to load, kicker, bitter, does not stall etc. 7. Feeding instructions. 8. If possible have feeding and water buckets with the halters along with some food to help get your animal through the first 72 hours of an evacuation.
January 1, 2030