Horses-After the Disaster

Horses in a Hurricane

The disaster – tornado, hurricane, flood, fire and so on – has finally passed and you are ready to see to your horse. Your horse may be outdoors in your pasture or a foster pasture or in the barn. The sooner you are able to get to your horse, the better s/he will feel and you too. Here are some things to look for and do when bringing your horse in.

  • Check the barn for any critters that might have taken refuge during the storm and clear them out.
  • Throw away any moldy hay or feed before your horse can reach it.
  • Clean and disinfect the barn using cleaners that are animal friendly.
  • Check the roof and all parts of the barn for any damage and see that it’s repaired as soon as possible.
  • Check the pasture conditions and see to fences that might need mending.

If you’ve fostered your horse in a foster pasture, or even if your horse has been on your own property, have your veterinarian examine him/her thoroughly for snake bites, wounds, infections, dehydration, toxins, infectious diseases. The old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure still holds true.

Before another disaster hits, make detailed plans to be ready to see that your horse is in a safe place.

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