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A Fire Safety Checklist from the Certified Horsemanship Association

Posted on August 27, 2019 05:43 pm

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Fire Safety
By Sarah Evers Conrad
The Certified Horsemanship Association compiled some common tips about wildfire evacuation with horses. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but a starting point to get you thinking ahead. When in doubt, evacuate early.
Things to Do Now
Use this time to do the following:
Practice loading and unloading your horses
Get your truck and trailer(s) serviced
Make sure you have enough halters, hay bags, water buckets, ID tags, etc.
Obtain current health records for all horses that will be riding on your trailers and store copies in trailer.
Consult with Fire Authority
When There is a Red Flag Warning
Use this as your cue to do the following:
Check air pressure in the tires in your truck and trailer.
Gas up your truck.
Check lights on truck and trailer
Check connections on truck & trailer
Prepare hay bags
Load clean water buckets, copies of health reports onto trailer
Add ID to halters and place halters and lead ropes onto stall doors.
Discuss plan of action, shifts, etc. with barnmates
Contact at least 2 barns you can evacuate to
Evacuation Warning/Voluntary Evacuations
Use this as your cue to do the following:
Load your horses
Call your evacuation destination
Evacuate to your evacuation destination
Send your advance team to the Evacuation destination to assist with unloading horses & getting them situated.

jen-theodore-barnfire-unsplash-small.jpgBy Suzi Carragher

Because so many states have been affected by wildfires, the Certified Horsemanship Association compiled some common tips about wildfire evacuation with horses. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but a starting point to get you thinking ahead.

When in doubt, evacuate early.

Things to Do Now
Use this time to do the following:

  • Practice loading and unloading your horses.
  • Get your truck and trailer(s) serviced.
  • Make sure you have enough halters, hay bags, water buckets, ID tags, etc.
  • Obtain current health records for all horses that will be riding on your trailers and store copies in the trailer.
  • Consult with Fire Authority.


When There is a Red Flag Warning

Use this as your cue to do the following:

  • Check air pressure in the tires in your truck and trailer.
  • Gas up your truck.
  • Check lights on truck and trailer.
  • Check connections on truck and trailer.
  • Prepare hay bags.
  • Load clean water buckets and copies of health reports onto the trailer.
  • Add IDs to halters and place halters and lead ropes onto stall doors.
  • Discuss your plan of action, shifts, etc. with barnmates.
  • Contact at least two barns you can evacuate to.


Evacuation Warning/Voluntary Evacuations

 Use this as your cue to do the following:

  • Load your horses.
  • Call your evacuation destination.
  • Evacuate to your evacuation destination.
  • Send your advance team to the evacuation destination to assist with unloading horses and getting them situated.

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