Of the hundreds of toxic plants in North America, only a handful are likely to bring serious harm to horses. The veterinarians of Starwood Equine have put together a useful field guide to assist horse owners in the identification of harmful plants common to the region.
What does it mean to be prepared for a disaster? It means having a list of pre-planned actions that enable rapid decision making. Emergencies and disasters are not the time to be making initial decisions. Use the following information to develop a plan and organize supplies for multiple possibilities.
For individual horse emergencies, your plan should include the following:
For disaster planning, the first step is to analyze your risk of adverse events, such as wildfires, earthquakes, barn fires, tsunamis, etc. Secondly, a barn/neighborhood action plan is key.
Start with communication and set up a phone tree.
Transportation is the next hurdle- know the following:
Identification and paperwork:
Have the following paperwork handy:
For each horse, have the following:
Have a first aid kit with you in your vehicle:
If you have to leave your horses behind:
In the Thomas fire, livestock that was left out was largely spared because they could navigate around the fire; firefighters will cut fences if they need to.
After a disaster:
Inspect the barn, pastures, and fencing before putting horses back.