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Hurricane Preparedness for Horses
 By FloridaCowgirl   •   29th Aug 2011   •   2,704 views   •   11 comments
Hurricane Preparedness for HorsesThis isn't the typical review that you're used to seeing from me, but given the fact that we're right in the middle of storm season, it seems more relevant than some of the other topics that were in the hopper. Horse owners have a special responsibility because unlike cats and dogs, you can't take your horses with you to a shelter or hotel. If you're planning to evacuate altogether, it's even more of an issue.

Having gone through four hurricanes with horses, I understand all too well the difficulties and the planning that's required and would like to share a couple of excellent resources available to help you get ready in case a big one comes your direction.

The University of Florida IFAS has an excellent tips sheet available in PDF form at:

http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/hot_topics/PDF/Hurricane_Preparedness_for_Horses.pdf

The information is good but much of it is preemptive. They will, however, address topics that you may not have thought of if you haven't experienced a major storm before.

In addition to the tips that you'll find within the UF article, there are also some really fabulous and suggestions that can be found at the floridahorse website. Because disaster brings out the best in some people and the worst in others, you need to be cautious and this article also discusses ways to do that.

http://www.floridahorse.com/hurricane/hurricane.html

Whether you decide to leave your horses inside or out, you need to follow the advice in these articles because it's better to be safe than sorry. Hurricanes are no joke. They're wild and exciting but they also require proper preparation because they can be lethal. Make a checklist of the items suggested in these articles and post it in the barn so that it's always readily available both to you and to your boarders, if you have any. You can never prepare for every eventuality, but by doing the best that you can, your chances of coming through the storm with healthy, safe horses is greatly increased.
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RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
helpful and Interesting Arcticle ! thanks for sharring
  48 days ago  •  1,869 views
 
Phyxius  MOD 
Very good advice!
  48 days ago  •  2,018 views
 
Simplicity  
Glad it didn't hit the UK.
  48 days ago  •  1,840 views
 
SunlightRider  
Tomorrow I am leaving Florida... :( I was just in vacation, but I caught a little bit of the hurricane: just storm with thunders and lightning... not a big deal. I never caught a hurricane, but my grandparents that live in Florida... they did. Very good advice, but sadly... I don't own a horse... YET! Nice and usefull article.
  47 days ago  •  1,877 views
 
Deleted Accounts  
good advice:}
  47 days ago  •  1,851 views
 
Oakie4Clydesdales  
Glad it dident hit spain lol :D
  47 days ago  •  1,870 views
 
BarrelRacer1300  
good advice
  45 days ago  •  1,848 views
 
Luccicare  
This will come in handy if we ever move to somewhere like that and get horses, thanks so much!
  43 days ago  •  2,040 views
 
FloridaCowgirl  
One of the pitfalls of living in Florida is that sometimes we get hurricanes. What we don't get are blizzards! I'll take a hurricane every 10 years or so. Plus, I'm 15 minutes from the beach, so that's a big plus. :0)
  43 days ago  •  2,162 views
 
Spaztastic  
Great advice :) Good thing I live inland :)
  31 days ago  •  1,861 views
 
Sapphire Flames  
thanks for telling us! :)
  Apr 17, 2012  •  1,842 views
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