Equine Emergency Preparedness

Oct 08, 2014
Preventative/Preparedness emergency

In the case of a natural disaster emergency such as fire or flood you should all have a plan in mind for what to do with your horses. This includes where to bring them, how to get them there, what to have with you when you take them, etc.


Plastic trash barrel with a lid, plastic lawn garbage bags, tarpaulins, water buckets, leads and halters, portable radio, flashlight, batteries, knife, scissors, wire cutter, (leatherman), duct tape, leg wraps, bleach, and a water storage tank for your trailer.

  1. Have halter plates made up with the horses name, your name, and a phone number stamped on them and attach them to the halters.
  2. Consider having your horse micro-chipped for positive identification.
  3. Make arrangements in advance for possible trailering options and keep a laminated, updated list at the barn.
  4. Try to bring hay if possible.
  5. Carry a cell phone.

Medical Kit

  1. Thermometer
  2. Stethoscope
  3. Watch with a second hand
  4. Sharp scissors
  5. Clippers
  6. Rubber gloves / exam gloves
  7. Super Glue

Medicine Kit

  1. Antiseptic washing solution (Nolvasan or Betadine)
  2. Wound wash saline or Eye Wash Saline
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide
  4. Cotton Roll or Gauze
  5. Non-Stick Gauze Pads
  6. Roll gauze
  7. Vetrap
  8. Ice Wraps
  9. Banamine (paste or injectable)
  10. Bute paste
  11. Syringes (12cc + 6cc)
  12. Needles
  13. Dose Syringe for oral meds
  14. Antibiotics (SMZ or Tucoprim)
  15. Epsom Salts
  16. Ophthalmic saline (contact solution) and eye ointment
  17. Disinfectant
  18. Antiseptic Ointment (Triple Antibiotic Ointment)

Misc Items

  1. Twitch
  2. Duct Tape
  3. Heavy Duty Plastic Bags  
  4. Easy Boots
  5. Fly Mask
  6. Flashlight
  7. Shipping Wraps or Standing Wraps
  8. Clean bucket for washing
  9. Cell Phone
  10. Hay/Grain

Download PDF version of the Equine Emergency Preparedness handout

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Dr. Mark Meddleton, DVM

Written by Mark Meddleton, DVM

Dr. Meddleton is a 1991 graduate of Cornell University and completed a Medical & Surgical Internship at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Assoc., has been performing Chiropractic since 1994, and has extensively studied Equine Dentistry. He spent 4 years in a large performance horse practice in the Albany/Saratoga region of NY and moved to NM in 1996.