Sevierville Equine Insurance: Natural Disaster Tips for Horse Owners

Sevierville Equine Insurance Natural Disaster Tips for Horse OwnersSevierville Equine Insurance: Natural Disaster Tips for Horse Owners

It goes without saying that if you’re a horse owner, it really pays to plan for disasters rather than wait for one to happen. Doing so is vital to keeping yourself and your equine companions safe. Horses require extra consideration in comparison to other animals, due to their size and specific transportation needs. In most cases, you won’t have a lot of time to think or act during an emergency, so it’s best to take time now to create an effective emergency plan. While your Sevierville Equine Insurance policy will protect you financially from any damages you incur, of course you want to take steps to prevent harm from coming to your horse.

One step to take in planning for a disaster is to permanently identify each horse by tattoo, microchip, brand, or photograph. In your records, include the age, sex, breed, and color of each horse. Keep this information with your important papers. Here are some other equine safety tips, recommended by the ASPCA, for planning for a natural disaster.

Keep it clean. Remove hazardous and flammable materials, debris, and machinery from around the barn’s walkways, entrances, and exits. Inspect your ground regularly and remove dangerous debris in the pasture.

Maintain and inspect barn floors. Horse accidents in the stable tend to occur when they fall through old floors or old septic tanks in the ground.

No smoking. Prevent fires by implementing a no-smoking policy around your barn.

Avoid using or leaving on appliances. Even seemingly harmless appliances such as box fans, heathers, and power tools can overheat and cause a fire. Exposed wiring also can lead to electrical fires in the barn, as can a simple nudge from an animal that accidentally knocks over a machine.

Get your horse use to haltering and trailering. It’s a good idea to periodically practice getting your horse on a trailer, quickly. Getting your horse used to it will make for a calmer experience if you need to evacuate your farm on short notice.

Socialize your horse. Tennessee is a mecca for the equine community. Get your horse well-socialized and used to being handled by all kinds of strangers. If possible, it’s a good idea even to invite emergency responders and/or members of your local fire service to interact with your horse.

These are just a few of the equine natural disaster safety tips provided by the ASPCA. They also recommend setting up a phone tree or buddy system with other nearby horse owners, making sure that your horse trailer is properly maintained and ready to be used at any moment, and keeping your equine veterinary records in a safe place where they can be quickly reached.

At Barnes Insurance Agency, we are very involved with the equine community, insuring many types of breeds, and fully understand what is needed to provide insurance protection for the horses themselves, whether they’re for work, breeding, show, or pleasure. Please contact us today at (866) 733-5424 to learn more about our Sevierville Equine Insurance Policies as well as our Tennessee Major Medical for Horses.

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