The Qld Horse Council has developed a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan
to cover disease outbreaks of various kinds in all regions of Queensland. This plan has been developed to work alongside the EADRA plans. The plan is supported by 3 appendix documents. This plan is a live document and any input will be welcomed and considered.
Emergency Planning Tack Boxes
When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland or the possibility of an emergency animal disease outbreak, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
One of the QHC’s functions is to assist the horse industry to prepare for the unexpected. When horse owners and event organisers are able to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency it reduces the impact and stress of the emergency itself and assists us to recover more rapidly.
Visit our Emergency Planning
pages to find many tools and resources to assist you to be prepared.
Plants Poisonous to Horses
Another problem that the floods have brought to our door is the abundance of weeds. Properties inundated with flood water will find a multitude of plants that have washed in from other areas. Find out which ones are dangerous to your horse in the great RIRDC publication Plants Poisonous to Horses
Don’t Forget to Register your Property!!!!!!!!!!!
Registering any property that has horses on it is a legal requirement, so even if your horses are on agistment, you need to make sure that it is registered. It is vital all horse owners find out the property number of where their horses are and store it in a safe place. Registration is free, there are no charges, and it is also a requirement on all waybills. Read more on PIC’s
Road Safety is no accident!
Safety on the road encompasses a large range of issues from riding or driving your horse on the road, the transport of your horses in vehicles designed for them, to the education of drivers that have no knowledge of horses. As part of the horse community it is our job to behave responsibly and politely, to educate ourselves on correct procedures and the laws that govern safety, and also to pass on information to those outside the horse world on what is correct. The consequences to everybody when safety is ignored or not understood can be enormous. Whether mistakes are made through ignorance or arrogance matters very little when an avoidable tragedy has occurred.
Don’t Forget HOSS!
Be informed, be aware and sign up for HOSS – Horse Owners Signal System. All we need is your email address and the Council where your horse lives – it’s FREE!