Horse Evacuation Tips

With summer around the corner many parts of the country can experience natural disasters from Hurricans to Brush Fires, so here are some tips in case you have to evacuate your horses- let's hope not.

• Make arrangements in advance to have your horses trailered in case of an emergency. If you do not own a trailer or do not have enough trailer space for all of your horses, be sure you have several people on standby to help evacuate

your horses.

• Know where you can take your horses in an emergency evacuation. Make arrangements with a friend or another horse owner to stable your horses if needed. Contact your local agencies for information about shelters in your area.

• Inform friends and neighbors of your evacuation plan. Post detailed instructions in several places - including the barn office or tack room, the horse trailer, and barn entrances- to ensure they are accessible to emergency workers in case you are not able to evacuate your horses your-


• Place your horses’ Coggins tests, vet papers, identification photos and vital information (such as medical history and emergency telephone numbers) in a watertight envelope. Store the envelope with other important papers in a safe place that can be

quickly reached.

• Keep halters ready for your horses. Each halter should include the horse’s name, your name, your telephone, and another emergency telephone number where someone can be


• Prepare a basic first aid kit that is portable and eas-

ily accessible.

• Be sure to have on hand a supply of water, feed, and medications for several days for each horse you are


• It is important that your horses are comfortable being loaded onto a trailer. If your horses are unaccustomed to being loaded into a trailer, practice the procedure so they become used to it.