Just as you do with your family’s disaster survival kit, think first about the basics, for your horse – food, water and comfort.

Think about two Disaster Survival Kits –

  1. One kit for if you need to stay at home for up to three days (Home Kit).
  2. The other, a more portable lightweight version (Getaway Kit) for when you, your family and your horse need to leave

Place these kits somewhere easy to get to in a hurry and make sure everyone in the house knows where they are kept, including a neighbour. Always re-check these kits for expiry dates, to ensure supplies stay fresh. Water should always be replaced every six months to ensure freshness.

Safe Paddock

Plan and agree with a family member, friend, or paddock owner (who doesn’t live with you) if they will care for your horse for any length of time, in case of a disaster. Place their full name, address and telephone number in your emergency survival kit in a waterproof container. All adults and children in your household should know these primary and alternative contacts (names / addresses / contact numbers) or always carry this information with them.

Show them and a neighbour where your disaster survival kits are just in case you are not at home when disaster strikes and you are cut off from returning to your horse. This means they can at least feed and attend to your horse in the interim. Have a plan to communicate with your pet’s carer after the event.

Emergency Survival Items

FoodStore at least three days of horse food (silage, hay, pellets, etc) somewhere dry.
WaterStore at least three days of water for your horse, in addition to the water you need for your family.
MedicationStore any extra supply of medication your horse needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements.
Veterinary / Medical / Branding RecordsStore copies of any medical, vaccination and registration/branding records in a watertight container including your vet’s name and telephone number (in case you have to board your horse or place them in foster care).
First Aid KitTalk to your vet about specific first aid requirements such as fly spray, antibiotic ointment and saline solution (i.e. eye wash solution separate from your family use).
SanitationInclude useful items such as a spade, newspapers, paper towels, plastic bags and household bleach.

Identification

ID informationAdd any possible ID information to your horse’s halter, lead and cover that clearly states their name, your name, phone number and if there is room your address. Include a back up in your horse’s disaster survival kit.
PhotographStore a current photograph of your horse in a waterproof container, including notes on distinguishing features, name, sex, age, colour and breed. Also include a photograph of you and your horse together as this helps to prove they are yours if you become separated.
Back-upAs a back-up, save identification details, veterinary records, key contact details and all photographs electronically – to places such as “Dropbox”, your mobile phone or save a folder in your webmail. This means you can still access these vital details if you are cut off from returning to your horse.

Equipment

Halter and leadAnd other equipment which would help you or others to handle your horse.
FloatThis is to transport your horse safely and ensure they cannot escape. Your horse may have to stay in the float for hours at a time.

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