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Emergency Horse Identification Plan

Whatever the emergency—fire, tornado, hurricane or earthquake—it's important to be prepared.

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Approximately 80 percent of the horses found after Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in 1992, did not have proper identification. Whatever the emergency—fire, tornado, hurricane or earthquake—here are a few safety tips to follow:

  • Have your horse’s name, your name, telephone number and address on a luggage tag attached to a leather halter; have a second luggage tag ready, and braid it into your horse’s tail when a natural disaster is on the way; write any special instructions or medications on an index card, place it in a sealed baggie and tape it around your horse’s halter; purchase fetlock ID bands for both front feet; shave your phone number into your horse’s hair or write it on with a product that will not wash off in water.

  • Make sure your horse is up-to-date on his vaccinations and Coggins test; keep this information and pictures of your horse from the front, back and sides (with a family member in the photo) along with any other information regarding permanent identification (such as scars, tattoos or microchip) in a plastic sealed baggie to take with you in case of an evacuation; also make sure your horse will load into a trailer quickly and easily.

  • Have an evacuation plan in place for whatever type of emergency you may encounter; have two weeks of feed safely stored; if it’s safest to leave your horse, have the best area identified and leave plenty of water.

Further Reading
Emergency Contact Information
Horse Emergency Information

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

3/5/2014 11:39:16 PM

I microchipped my horse. It makes me sleep well at night!

kygal    rural, KY

3/5/2014 6:05:19 PM

good info hope never have to use it

Celeste    Brookfield, IL

7/13/2012 12:13:16 PM

A lesson learned for humans from Katrina and Rita was to keep medical records on a CD and take it with you when you evacuate. This might be helpful for a horse with a complicated track record.

Mike    Columbia, TN

7/13/2012 11:44:23 AM

Great article!

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