Containing a flood of worry

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

Natural disasters can be terrifying when you’re responsible for your horse’s safety as well as your own. With flooding, preparedness and planning can mean the difference between life and death.

Practice loading your horse and driving the trailer before disaster strikes. Fill a waterproof kit in advance with food and fresh water, medications and bandages, a halter and leads. Then plan your routes to higher ground, particularly avoiding bridges. Above all, evacuate as soon as you’re advised to, if not sooner.

If you absolutely cannot bring your horse along, halter and lead him to the highest ground nearby. Make sure you attach identification and do not tie him up. Then close all barn doors to prevent your horse from returning and getting trapped before you can get back.

Staying calm and focused will prevent panic from flooding over you.