Preparing Horses for Severe Weather

By taking the necessary precautions and having a disaster plan ready, you can ensure that you and your horse are prepared when a severe weather situation arises.
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By taking the necessary precautions and having a disaster plan ready, you can ensure that you and your horse are prepared when a severe weather situation arises. | Photo: iStock

Adverse weather can be troublesome for humans and animals alike. While indoor pets are easier to board and travel with, it takes extra effort when you’re preparing horses for severe weather.

Jessica Millwood, BVMS, MRCVS, a resident in equine practice at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in College Station, said planning ahead and paying attention to weather alerts are key to keeping horses safe during severe weather.

“Pastures should be clear of hazardous items, debris, and known entrapments for horses, and safe fencing and holding areas should be available around the property,” she said. “Owners should install lightning suppression systems, sprinkler systems, and smoke detectors on all high-risk buildings, in particular those where animals are kept

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