New Hope Stables
Hertford N.C. 27944
To Leave Or Stay???
That is always a Important question.
With the possibility of a hurricane hitting your area, there are several preparations that
horse farm owners can enact prior to a storm to enhance their situation:
volanteers/organisations have received in-depth training on disaster management.  
Several REINS organizations have developed a disaster/emergency equine management
an emergancy/disaster within an area.Several REINS organizations have developed a
disaster/emergency equine management plan for their area. The REINS organizations will
serve as the leas equine contact during an emergancy/disaster within an area.
If you decide to stay or unable to leave the area, here is some tips to help you out.
Try to think of all the "what if's"
  • Move loose objects indoors or tie together.
  • Check your roof on stable/run-in
  • Close all gates and doors so they don't
    swing or get torn off by high winds
Secure your horses
Try to think of all the "what if's"
  • If your horse is in a open stall or
    run-in, protect their eyes with fly
  • Brake away halter will be the
    best option.
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • Nylon/Cotton Rope
  • Extra Halters
  • Clean Towels
  • Antiseptic, Soap
  • Leg Wraps
  • Topical Antibiotic Ointments
  • Soap
  • Tranquilizers
  • Pain Relievers
  • Bandages
  • Insect Repellent
  • Flash Light & Batteries
  • Clean water for wound washing
Remember it may be a few days before the
your veterinary will be able to get to your
horse due to road or flood waters.
  1. NCSU veterinary Equine research Center (Southern Pines) Jim Hamilton (910)692-8640
  2. Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex (Raleigh) Wesley Watt/Sherri Bridges (919)821-7400 or 733-2145
Take the time to call for availability and requirements for these facility
for the
Evacuation of Horses
Eastern North Carolina
Feed and Water
This is one of the most difficult dilemmas to
overcome during the clean up period when water
sources tend to be contaminated.
If possible a seven day supply, allow twenty
gallons of water per horse per day.  It also is a
good idea to have the fresh water additive for RV
this will help to keep your water from going bad.
You should have a week or more of feed/hay on
hand, just in case your roads are flooded or

Make sure you store your feed/Hay and water in a
safe place.  Take extra measures so you don't
loses your feed/Hay.  Tarps, Trash bags. Etc.
Bed All Stalls and Clear out Aisle ways for pasture horses during storm.  
Make sure you have back up plans for EVERYTHING!
  • loose the roof on the stable
  • tree falls on fence line
  • run-in flips over
  • loose the stable
The Best plan is to have one!
    The Hurricane in many cases does not create as many problems as the after affect of the
    storm.  Prolonged power interruptions, blocked roadways, downed trees, increased populations
  • After the storm has subsided, immediately check your horse's welfare.
  • Take pictures of storm damage to facilities,
  • Tue to the damage to trees, you need to remind your owners to be aware of the possibility of
    Cyanide Poisoning due to the ingestion of wilted wild cherry leaves, twigs, bark or seeds and or
    red maple leaves.  Symptoms include" weakness, excitability, grasping for breath, uncoordination,
    collapse, convulsion, constipation or diarrhea, bloody urine, and death.  Symptoms may result
    from as little ans 1-2 cups of leaves on an empty stomach.
  • If your power is out notify the power company and advise them of the number of horses on your
    farm and the importance of electricity to their well being.
  • Contact the local fire department and request water delivery.  Most fire departments will help out if
    you have a large number of horses.
  • Contact your extension agent for information concerning storm-related agricultural assistance
    programs for livestock/horse owners.
If the worst happens!

Emergency situations may force horse owners to make the difficult, but
practical decision of putting human life above that of your horse.  Owners of
animals are encourage to care for themselves first and the animal second.  
Horses have demonstrated a remarkable survival ability in the face of natural
disaster which far exceeds those of humans!

If you do go out in a storm remember that your horse is not going to listen to
someone with you and have a realistic plan before you take on the challenge.