The safest preparation is to move your horse out of the area likely to be impacted by an emergency.

Coordinate with neighbours, friends or livestock associations to relocate your horses.

A late evacuation could increase the chance of injury or death, particularly if the horse is hard to catch or difficult to load.

If it is not possible to move the horses, assess whether the environment will be safe for them during the disaster and for five days afterwards.

When planning for emergencies, think about the following:

  • location and accessibility of your property
  • condition and placement of your stable, yards and fences
  • amount of available resources to combat a cyclone or flood.

Horse Emergency Kit

You should include the following items in your horse emergency kit:

  • food and water for a minimum of five days
  • feed buckets
  • blankets and towels
  • extra lead rope and halter
  • wire cutters
  • torch, portable radio and fresh batteries
  • equine first-aid items
  • information about whether your horse is branded, registered or microchipped, stored in a waterproof container
  • an emergency contact number for a vet stored in a ziplocked bag or waterproof container.

If you have to leave horses

Leave horses in a solid coded structure with loose objects tied down or stored away.

If you leave horses in a paddock, the fences need to be secure.

If you have several horses, leave them together if practical to do so, as they are herding animals. Placing them in a smaller paddock may also prevent them from getting into a fast gallop, panicking and going through fences.

You can also place identification on your horses by painting your name and phone number on them with livestock grease crayons or painting it on their hooves.

If you leave animals in a paddock or stable you should do all of the following:

  • place bell boots on horses
  • ensure all water troughs are full, and have extra water available in case of power failure
  • mark gates and water locations on a map of your property in case someone has to move the stock for you.

Read more in the guide to keeping your pets safe during the cyclone season (1.4 mb).