Equine Evacuation Site Reports Smooth Sailing During Ike

With around 175 horses protected under its roof, the Brazos County Special Event Facilities came through Hurricane Ike in fine shape, according to facility Director Tom Quarles.

"The horses and the livestock made it through fine," Quarles said. "From all the comments we've had from people who evacuated, I think as a whole they were very, very appreciative and felt good about the experience they had, considering the situations that they were in."

As of Monday, all but 16 of the horses had either returned to their home barns or had moved on to longer-term boarding sites while their owners built, repaired, and cleaned up after Ike.

"A lot of these people are dealing with really tough situations," Quarles said. "They're going back and homes and barns are torn up and fences are down and no gasoline is available. Some have generators and some don't. But even the ones that do, gasoline isn't readily available in that area--and it's a problem because most of them do not have electricity."

Quarles said most of the equine evacuees arrived on Friday, well before the storm made landfall early on Saturday, Sept. 13. The facility, which opened in October 2007, was engineered with storms in mind and remained secure through the high winds and heavy rain, Quarles noted.

Read more at "Texas Horses Move Inland as Hurricane Ike Approaches."

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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