Horses, Hurricanes and Floods

When hurricanes or floods impact an area, unprepared horse owners are faced with a question that requires a fast answer. “Do I evacuate the horses or shelter them in place?” We encourage horse owners to think about this question as it pertains to their own unique situation, and prepare ahead of time. Below are some videos that may help you with your emergency planning. While it’s not always possible to evacuate horses, there are health hazards associated with leaving horses in a flood. “In fast rising floods horses can be swept into obstacles, including fences and corrugated iron, which can cause seriously injuries. Mud can pose a serious hazard for stranded horses. If trapped and immobile they can fracture a limb or seriously injure themselves struggling in deep, sticky mud. Eye injuries are commonly sustained when horses attempt to pull themselves free and hit their faces on stalls or fencing. Other hazards common to horses after floods include rainscald, mudfever, foot problems, pneumonia, wounds (especially to the legs), waterborne illnesses such as leptospirosis, and problems from drinking contaminated water or eating mouldy food.” Source Equine Sheltering in Place: For more information about disaster preparation for horses, check out our post Emergency Preparedness for People With Horses.