Hurricane Tips for Horse Owners
Horses should be kept on the owner’s or caretaker’s property, if possible. If you plan to evacuate your animal out of the area, go early.
- In a Category 1 storm, animals may be safe in a sturdy barn. In a Category 2 storm or higher, animals are probably safest in a large pasture with room to move around,allowing them to utilize their best instincts if there are no electrical wires to come down and the fences are in good repair.
- Do NOT tranquilize your horse!
- Make sure your animal is well identified by spray painting your phone number on your horse’s body; attach a fetlock band or mare band with your name address and phone numbers in permanent ink; braid a luggage tag into your horses mane or tail close to the body (be sure its water proofed).
- Be sure to have photos of you with your animals, showing any unique markings, to prove ownership.
- Be sure that your horse is wearing a leather halter which will make it easier for someone to catch your horse if it gets loose.
- Plan for water (20 gallons per animal per day) and feed and hay for your horse.
- Have on hand a supply of basic first aid items, i.e., bandages, anesthetics, etc.
- Do not stay with your horse! You cannot help a frightened, thousand pound animal, and you may get hurt.
IF UNDER A FLOOD WATCH, the following reminders are also important:
- Move your large animals to high ground.
- Cleanse feet and hooves with iodine. Once the iodine dries, the feet and hooves should be covered with Vaseline or petroleum jelly for protection from standing water and infection.
- Feed and hay should be moved above ground three feet to avoid water damage and mold.
IN BROWARD COUNTY, caretakers and/or horse owners should contact the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000 if the horse is in standing water up to their knees post-storm.