Equine Evacuation Plans

Do you have an evacuation plan in place for your horses in case of natural disaster? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.


Total votes cast: 263

Comments & Write-in Answers

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9/4/2017 9:31:05 PM

If there is a natural disaster and you love your horses, their safety is a priority too.

9/4/2017 7:46:17 PM

hurricanes! had to leave last year. this year we will be prepared.

9/4/2017 7:43:10 PM

We live in Ohio and just don't have the kind of disasters found in other parts of the country

9/4/2017 7:10:17 PM

will take him to my home in the city

9/4/2017 6:17:30 PM

I live in SWFl. My only plan is to move my horse and mini to a larger pasture with less trees and bu

9/3/2017 3:24:45 PM

We are surrounded by forest so we worry about wildfire. We also have plan for power loss.

9/3/2017 2:28:26 PM

Though our evacuation plan is situation-dependent, as wildfire is unpredictable, we have a plan!

9/2/2017 6:34:47 PM

Yes but depending on the emergency we may shelter in place. Primary concern is wildfires.

9/2/2017 2:44:41 AM

No previous history of natural disaster

9/1/2017 9:43:00 PM

I am allowing another person to leave their horses on my land. I can't afford to help them.

9/1/2017 8:28:42 PM

We don't right now, but we probably should!

9/1/2017 6:19:31 PM

AZ desert. Disasters = flood & brush fire. On high ground & maintain fire breaks; shelter in place

9/1/2017 11:46:35 AM

Because i Live in bouston,tx and we have hurricanes and tropical storms.

9/1/2017 10:28:19 AM

Only real threat would possibly be tornados & I don't know there's much you can do in those cases

9/1/2017 9:13:25 AM

Live in Houston, thought horse drowned in flood as no communication with barn management. Found him

9/1/2017 1:01:50 AM

wild fire is a concern in our area. Another concern is only one major road out.

8/31/2017 9:47:53 PM

have a plan on farm where I board horse

8/31/2017 8:48:21 PM

6 horse trailer for our 6 and friends in multple locations

8/31/2017 8:45:52 PM

We have frequent brush fires

8/31/2017 8:22:30 PM

Our problem is where to evacuate TO — our friends with pasture space are equally vunlerable.

8/31/2017 7:49:16 PM

Y, nothing longterm but 3-5 days would usually be the longest evac. (floods & tornados being common)

8/31/2017 7:19:11 PM

We have a truck and horse trailer and know where the evac shelters are for large animals .

8/31/2017 7:05:52 PM

We don't get a lot of stuff you would have to evacuate for, but we do get tornadoes.

8/31/2017 6:20:04 PM

transportation and boarding issues. living on prayers

8/31/2017 6:12:41 PM

I live in a fire prone area and have had to evacuate several times during my lifetime.

8/31/2017 5:43:47 PM

Been through too many hurricanes and tropical storms not to have one!

8/31/2017 4:39:44 PM

We do not have a set plan in place, just a general idea. We don't have a lot of possible disasters.

8/31/2017 4:32:41 PM

There is basically no place to go safer than where I am except for forest fire, then I go to the fai

8/31/2017 4:31:10 PM

Why would you not have an evacuation plan? How does one leave horses & pets behind? Can't say more

8/31/2017 4:08:37 PM

Only 2 horses, load in trailer. Depending on disaster...drive elsewhere. Too high to flood.

8/31/2017 3:12:35 PM

Not in a disaster prone area, but have a trailer and will take them with us.

8/31/2017 2:12:46 PM

We live at altitude, so not at risk for flooding.

8/31/2017 12:43:23 PM

Have seen what happens when planning is not undertaken during Katrina

8/31/2017 10:17:54 AM

Unfortunately it took getting hit by a tornado to come up with one, but we have one now!

8/31/2017 9:46:44 AM

Not in a "Disaster" prone area; would be hard to find a better place for them in any event.

8/31/2017 8:50:11 AM

I have solar powered fence controllers due to hurricanes

8/31/2017 4:48:20 AM

did not consider until watching TX

8/31/2017 2:35:53 AM

I don't plan on evacuating ,I will stay where it is safe and controled

8/30/2017 11:59:07 PM

Many of the hurricanes and Nor'westers have covered hundreds of miles and it would be difficult to m

8/30/2017 11:52:29 PM

The why: my horses are my responsibility 24/7/

8/30/2017 10:53:57 PM

Flood safety zones

8/30/2017 9:21:13 PM

We live in a flood are and are prone to floods. Have an area where our horses can be taken.

8/30/2017 9:00:41 PM

My area floods so I act on the first warning to get the horses to high ground.

8/30/2017 8:36:14 PM

i want my horses to be safe

8/30/2017 8:25:27 PM

But no trailer currently. Working on that. In mean time praise our Lord for good friends!

8/30/2017 6:47:20 PM

We don't live in a flood prone area and are on a hilltop.

8/30/2017 5:21:25 PM

If we have to leave, they leave, too!!!

8/30/2017 4:17:19 PM

We don't flood here and tornadoes happen too fast.

8/30/2017 3:54:31 PM

Of course I do. Not to is not an option.

8/30/2017 1:33:35 PM

I can't get both horses in my stock trailer at once and no money to buy new trailer.

8/30/2017 12:40:24 PM

Thankfully, we live in an area where catastrophic natural disasters are extremely rare.

8/30/2017 12:29:26 PM

I live on the Florida coast and have evacuated in the past.

8/30/2017 11:56:42 AM

Yes, mainly because I have run that rodeo before. Forest fire has caused two evacuations.

8/30/2017 11:54:29 AM

While not having solid plans, I do what I would pack & how I would pack to be on the road in 30 min.

8/30/2017 11:00:27 AM

Well-built local equestrian center offers stalls to local horse owners in the event of hurricanes

8/30/2017 7:44:15 AM

Not much happens in the UK thankfully

8/30/2017 3:16:37 AM

its rare to have a serious weather warning other then cold and snow

8/30/2017 1:14:29 AM

Live in area prone to wildfire

8/29/2017 11:44:18 PM

24 horses, time, and place to put them all is almost impossible. Will have to depend on help at som

8/29/2017 11:02:17 PM

probability of need to evacuate seems low given property lay

8/29/2017 8:52:47 PM

Not sure! We bought a trailer for fire evacuations but really don't have a set plan.

8/29/2017 8:41:07 PM

Thanks to the BC (Canada) Wildfire situation here this summer, I realized how important one is!

8/29/2017 7:42:27 PM

Well,sort of..don't live in a flood area so local problems only hopefully

8/29/2017 7:41:06 PM

Don't own trailer; walk him out in best direction to safe area (dep on nature of disaster).

8/29/2017 6:58:08 PM

Brass name tag on her halter (like the dogs) ~ truck & trailer always stocked & ready just in case.

8/29/2017 6:51:01 PM

Have my horse trailer hooked up to the truck and ready to go

8/29/2017 6:42:25 PM

Not in an area that floods

8/29/2017 5:58:22 PM

I live i Florida we get hurricanes

8/29/2017 5:47:16 PM

Our stables has a fire evacuation plan in place as wild fires are our most likely disaster.

8/29/2017 5:38:44 PM

Live in farm country higher elevation upstate NY, not much threat of nat. disaster

8/29/2017 5:36:32 PM

Tornadoes our only worry (minor). Well is on solar back up w/generator backing up solar.

8/29/2017 5:23:09 PM

we're highest point for miles, horses all over 25 yr old

8/29/2017 5:12:56 PM

Trailer always ready. But if gone, horses trained to lead behind pickup.

8/29/2017 5:11:04 PM

Were in the 900 year flood plain. That and prayer.

8/29/2017 5:06:38 PM

Wildfire is our only worry. Will evacuate to predetermined sites if time permits.

8/29/2017 5:02:18 PM

We have more horses than room on our trailer; so it would be multiple trips

8/29/2017 4:58:16 PM

No floods, tornados, hurricanes, etc. in the desert. Just heat!

8/29/2017 4:54:39 PM

The natural disaster I'm most prone to is tornado. Don't get enough warning.

8/29/2017 4:53:58 PM

in Maine we have not had natural disasters yet. I do have a trailer in case of emergency

8/29/2017 4:46:09 PM

I honestly don't know where to go

8/29/2017 4:33:41 PM

LIve in an area where there is no chance of flooding, but I do have neighbors farms to use if needed

8/29/2017 4:23:51 PM


8/29/2017 4:16:13 PM

No - all I worry about is wildfires (not common here) but I have no trailer to transport. :(

8/29/2017 4:12:00 PM

took emergency rescue/evacuation course from uni.of guelph=gold knowledge

8/29/2017 1:39:29 PM

I live in Florida. Would be idiotic to not have an evacuation plan.

8/29/2017 12:29:07 PM

No flooding, etc.Maybe an occasional small tornado,but nothing life threatening.

8/29/2017 12:20:47 PM