When you’re a horse owner, it’s handy to be prepared for all sorts of eventualities. One of the things that we often need to be aware of, in the UK, is flooding. At this time of year, the risk of flooding is much higher and it can really put a dampener on your horse’s magical adventures. The safety and health of your horse is very important to us at The Insurance Emporium, which is why our horse health expert has given this advice on what to do when it floods.
Plan and Prepare
They say that forewarned is forearmed, so having a plan in place to deal with flooding could be really helpful. If your land is likely to be flooded, then it’s useful to work out some escape routes for your horses. More importantly, during the autumn and winter months, it is worth avoiding keeping your horses in fields that are prone to flooding. It is also worth making sure you have emergency feed and water because local water supplies could be contaminated during and after a flood.
Flood waters can rise in a very short space of time, so it’s important to act early and move your horses to another field. Otherwise, be sure to move them to higher ground. You don’t want them to have to travel through a flood! Deep water can cause skin irritation, skin infections and hoof problems for horses. During wet and windy weather, it’s useful to have a field shelter so that grass-kept horses can get some respite.
Who You Gonna Call?
If you keep your horses somewhere that is at risk of flooding, it might be worth subscribing to the Environment Agency Flood Warning Service so that you can be alerted in case your area is likely to flood. You can also call the Floodline number on 0845 988 1188 to get advice and flood warnings. You should also try to ensure that you can be contacted and that you have the right contact numbers in case of an emergency.
In An Emergency…
Should your horses end up in an emergency situation, contact the RSPCA on their 24-hour cruelty line: 0300 1234 999. If you find horses that have been stranded by flooding, call the National Fire Service and get them to come to the rescue. You should not put yourself in danger trying to rescue an animal.
Having a plan in place and knowing the right numbers to call could help you avoid seeing your horses, or yourself, end up in a tricky situation. If your horse ends up with some kind of affliction after getting caught in a flood, it is well worth contacting your vet as soon as possible. The sooner you can ensure any problems are just water under the bridge, the better!
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