We have had a very dry winter and now the spring winds are here. With the low humidity, strong winds and everything being so dry conditions are very good for another fire this year.
During the Monument Fire three years ago, many horse owners were not able to bring along the necessary medications, feed, and other items needed for their horses as the fire came quickly and without warning to many areas.
This would be the time to get prepared before a pre-evacuation is in place for your area. Remember also that animals can only be moved during the “pre-evacuation” time and not the “actual evacuation” time.
Please also remember to prepare not just for your horses, but dogs, cats, and other animals that you own. Have cages available to transport your poultry and other small animals such as rabbits, etc.
The main things to have ready for your horse is the following:
- Have a evacuation plan in place. If possible have two routes of escape planned.
- ID tags (can be purchased at Walmart or pet store) with your horses name on it and your contact information that should be attached to his/her halter with a lead rope attached for quick haltering and loading into a trailer.
- Enough medications and supplements for a minimum of 3 days. These can be put in kitty litter containers, feed supplement pails, etc. for each horse with proper feeding or medication instructions included.
- Have a container or plastic bag ready with 3 days worth of hay.
- Take photos of your animals and note their markings and put their names on the photos so that should you need to identify your horse(s) at a later date you have proof of ownership. Keep these pictures in a safe place so they leave with you when you evacuate.
- Make sure your horse is trailer broke. If not, please call us at 520-559-2224 so a practice time can be setup to work with your horse(s) to get them safely in a trailer. DON’T WAIT FOR A PANIC SITUATION!