Emergency plans for your horses
A family near me had a house fire, one of their children died, the other may not make it. Both adults are hospitalized.
Only an outside dog survived of all the pets.
And there is a horse. No one but the family knew was there.
There is no hay for him. The water is a cistern that water was hauled to, with electric shut off, can't fill trough, and couldn't heat it to keep from freezing anyway.
The house is 15 miles away, down a dead end road, and we have almost a foot of snow.
The only neighbor said he would throw some hay over, but when told there was no water, said someone would have to get horse out of there.
Friend who knows this family, was going to bring horse where her mares are. But they couldn't catch him, and it turns out horse is proud cut, has torn down fences to get to mares before, and her fences on rented pasture aren't in great shape as is. And this horse looks to be part Clydesdale, so is going to go through more feed.
Please make sure you have solid contingency plans in place if something were to happen to you and your family. Make sure your horses can be easily handled and trailered, and make sure there is feed and hay, in case someone has to take over the responsibility for them while you are away due to an emergency.