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Are You and Your Horse Prepared for the Unexpected?

Emergencies can happen when you least expect them. As responsible horse owners, it's crucial to plan ahead with some common-sense strategies.


Make Sure Your Horse Has Identification

If your equine companion manages to wander off through a broken fence, race away if you “unexpectedly dismount” on a trail, or get lost during a natural disaster, s/he can’t tell anyone their name or where they live.

Horse with identification tag on halter

Halter/Bridle Tags: It’s a great idea to put a tag on your equine’s  trailering halter and, if you do a lot of trail riding, on their bridle, as well, with important information including at least the following:

  • Horse’s name

  • Owner’s name and phone number

  • Veterinarian’s phone number

We suggest getting weather-proof/water-proof metal tags — like these customizable tags available through Amazon (or search on the web for “military tag metal dog tag” to find options through a variety of sellers)


Micro-chipping: Your small animal companions are probably micro-chipped, and if you have not already done so, it’s a good idea to have your horses, minis, mules, and donkeys micro-chipped, too. If you are not sure whether your equines are chipped, your equine veterinarian can scan for a chip — just be sure to let us know to bring one of our scanners along to your next appointment. And your equine veterinarian can also provide your animal with a new micro-chip at — just let us know to have the necessary materials on hand when you schedule your next appointment.

 

Make Sure Your Horse Has Trailer Access

Leading horse into trailer

Having access to a trailer or a trusted friend with one can make all the difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of your beloved equine companions. Here are a few key reasons why having a trailer or a friend with a trailer is essential for your emergency preparedness arsenal:

  • Rapid Evacuation: In the event of a natural disaster or unforeseen circumstance, time is of the essence. With a horse trailer readily available, you can swiftly transport your horses to a safe location away from any potential danger.

  • Veterinary Emergencies: A sudden health crisis can arise at any moment, and having a trailer nearby can facilitate transportation to a veterinary clinic or hospital. This quick response can make a significant difference in your horse's recovery.

  • Local Emergencies: Even within your local area, there may be situations that require immediate relocation. Whether it's due to fire, flooding, or other emergencies, being prepared with a trailer or knowing someone who has one can be a lifesaver.

  • Peace of Mind: By having a well-thought-out emergency plan in place, you'll feel more at ease. Knowing that you can swiftly transport your horses if needed allows you to focus on other critical aspects during challenging times.

 

It’s vital to make sure your horse can be safely loaded into a trailer!

Practice! Practice! Practice!

 

Remember, emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. That's why we encourage every horse owner to invest in preparedness by either owning their own trailer or fostering strong relationships with fellow horse enthusiasts who have one. Let's prioritize the safety and well-being of our horses together. Take the time to review your emergency plan, ensure your trailer is in good condition, and reach out to friends or local horse communities to extend your support network. Together, we can weather any storm and keep our equine companions safe.

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