The Emergency Planning Workbook by the QHC outlines clearly what a horse owner should do when a disaster is predicted. Therefore, knowing what to do will save lives and even property. It is always better to be proactive even before a disaster is predicted to get a better outcome after a crisis. However, when a disaster is clearly predicted, you have to work with what you have at the moment. This article looks at all the things you should do. This will hopefully save the lives of your precious animals and even your property as well. However, safety for you and your family must always come first.
When you have time and it is safe for you, do the following;
– The first thing is to decide whether your horses are better off in the pasture or in the stables. For both options, there are merits and demerits. For example, the stables can keep the horses secure from flying debris. However, if the stables collapse, they can injure the animals. Also, the pastures can work great if they have proper fencing and limited trees. Either way, you have to evaluate quickly and see where the horses will be best suited.
– If there is a fire disaster, it will be wise to set the animals free and close the gate behind them. This will ensure that they do not go back to the fire. In this case, it will help to have all your animals properly tagged for identification. In some cases, evacuation is impossible and when there is no time, set the animals free quickly.
– In some cases, a disaster in form of flooding can manifest. In this case, you must decide whether the horses will be in a position to move to higher ground or not. If they can move to higher ground, this will effectively save them from the floods. If there are no higher grounds near you, look at a different option.
– During a storm, there are several things you should avoid. For example, do not keep the horses in barbed wire fencing. This can potentially injure your animals. Also, your horses should never be left in pasture with electrical lines during any form of emergency. Also, turning off the power source to the ban will make for a safer environment.
– Always have enough water to last your animals for several days. This will mean filling up the water troughs and even getting additional containers. Livestock will consume a good amount of water every single day and having enough stock is key. In addition to water, you must have a good supply of hay to last several days as well. Make sure to move the hay to a dry and secure place.
– If you have large vehicles and tractors, make sure that they are secured in an open place to avoid trees falling on them. Also, have all your emergency supplies like first aid kits and more. All moving objects should be secured as much as possible. With all the above, you will be better prepared for the impending disaster.