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CA Fires & Horses

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I posted this to my Equine Rescue News list so will repeat it here too.

Bad fires in Southern California. Lots of evacuations happening.

Here's a link to the National Equine Disaster Relief page - click on CA to the left:

Some folks on other lists and forums have suggested using a livestock marker to write a phone number when you have been contacted on horses which may become loose due to evacuations/emergencies such as this. Be sure to write in large letters so that the number is visible from a distance (not everyone is comfortable catching a horse and not every horse is going to be co-operative) and use a number that you are pretty sure is going to be in service, perhaps that of a relative or friend in another community who is aware that you are doing this. I haven't tried it, but in a pinch, I'd think a Sharpie permanent marker would do. Or heck, use spray paint that stands out. Whatever will work and be easily readable and visible.

Here are some good articles on equine disaster planning: ... index.html

Link to more info on where to go and what to do in California: ... edness.htm
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Several years ago, I created a horse evacuation program for the local horseman's association. My wife and I later dropped out of the group (differing goals & needs). Then came the Rodeo-Chediski Fire, the largest in AZ history.

I ran into the President of the group, who said my plan worked just fine. It involved horse haulers (people not in the fire zone, ready to haul with their own trucks & Trailers) and holders (folks with fenced land, food & water to donate, out of the danger zone). Hundreds of horses were moved with (to my knowledge) no losses, and no 'misplaced' horses.

As with most things, pre-planning was the key. With a central contact point, lists of haulers and holders, and ways to identify where the horses came from and went to, and the donations of food from out of the area, we saved a lot of horses. It was very moving that so many folks would spend their money to help the horses of people they had never met.
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