7 Things Large-Animal Owners Should Remember As Fire Season Approaches

If you own large animals, such as horses, it’s extremely important to have a detailed emergency plan in place before a natural disaster strikes. 

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Things to Remember: 

  1. Plan ahead, especially if you don’t own a trailer. Make sure you can evacuate animals early, or shelter-in-place if absolutely necessary. 

  2. Have a halter and lead rope readily available for each horse. Make sure your contact info is engraved on them. 

  3. Take photos and prepare written descriptions of each animal, with vaccination and any medical information. 

  4. Keep trucks and trailers well-maintained and ready to move. If there is a wildfire in the area, think about hitching up the trailer so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice. Make sure you have at least half a tank of gas.  

  5. Know where you can evacuate your horses. Make plans with friends, trainers and stables, and know what facilities outside of Topanga you can take your animals in case you need to evacuate. 

  6. Practice loading into the trailer. Especially if your horses are not used to loading and unloading, take the time now to get them comfortable with the process.

  7. If sheltering-in-place is the only option, make sure there is adequate clearance by removing hay and brush far from where your animals are being kept and provide enough water and food for at least three days. 

Holly Bieler