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Title: "What Documents Are Necessary For Proof Of Equine Ownership?"
Author: Valeri Buman, NAES

  Between hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and flooding, it doesn’t matter where you live, no horse owner can escape the dangers of Mother Nature.

Along with the turmoil of natural disasters horse owners and boarders need to be prepared for disasters brought on by drought, contamination, disease and the malfunction and/or destruction of equipment.

Being prepared for these types of emergencies is just as important as the daily care and well-being of our equine friends and clients.

The first step in emergency preparedness is to familiarize yourself with the potential disasters in your area. What are the common weather phenomenon typical in your area? What are the water and seasonal cycles? What condition are your watering and electrical systems in?

You can find resources for this information on your local horse council websites.

After you have made necessary repairs and improvements and educated yourself as to any potential weather - condition risks, you can organize your emergency preparedness plan.

Depending on your area or the circumstances of your property, each preparedness plan will differ but the foundation of each plan should include:

- A current list of the horses in your care, which paddock they are kept in, and owner contact info for any horses you board for others. You may also want to consider copies of the registration, insurance and vet records as well as photos of each horse for appraisal and insurance purposes.

- Inventory of equipment including photos for insurance purposes.

- 72 hours’ worth of feed, to avoid a change in the type of food or the feeding schedule which can cause your horses to become sick.

- A portable veterinary supply kit including tranquilizers.

- Arrange in advance the necessary steps for evacuation: safe location to transport horses, trailers for transportation and temporary stabling. 

Make sure any staff you employ are aware of your emergency plan. And if you board other people’s horses, educate your clients of your plan and maintain constant communication with them concerning any changes to the plan. Having a written plan makes sharing the plan with others easier and allows people to keep all the necessary information in one place.

Here are four resource links that will help you identify and create a plan to fit your needs: AAEP - UCDAVIS - AVMA – FEMA

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