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post #11 of 40 Old 08-05-2017, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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No local Flamans? That sucks. Guess that's what I get for being in cattle country. Trailer rental shops everywhere.

Would your friend let you take the trailer one day a month to practice?
I don't know what Flamans is... never heard of it. No horse trailer rentals here, period. I just borrow from friends... and compensate them for it.

I get what you're saying, but it's rather pointless if we have to evacuate without a trailer. As I said initially, my concern is not getting my horses on a trailer. My concern is getting out of the area in the event that there is a threatening fire, not a lot of time to leave, and no trailer to be had.
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post #12 of 40 Old 08-05-2017, 11:28 PM
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We just had a huge wildfire less than 15 miles from my house. You can google it. It was called the Goodwin fire. It burned 70K-some acres.

Anyway, spray painting the phone number on the side of the horse is the #1 suggestion.

Also, find out where your evacuation points are. Most areas where wildfires are common should have evacuation plans in place, detailing where shelters will be set up, including where to take your animals if you can get them out.

For our area, high schools are usually designated shelters for people and small pets. Large animals are usually directed to the abandoned fairgrounds/old racetrack.
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post #13 of 40 Old 08-05-2017, 11:39 PM
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What's on the other side of the stream you mentioned? Any roads to where someone who is in a safe zone might be able to meet you and the horses to a safe place?
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post #14 of 40 Old 08-05-2017, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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We just had a huge wildfire less than 15 miles from my house. You can google it. It was called the Goodwin fire. It burned 70K-some acres.

Anyway, spray painting the phone number on the side of the horse is the #1 suggestion.

Also, find out where your evacuation points are. Most areas where wildfires are common should have evacuation plans in place, detailing where shelters will be set up, including where to take your animals if you can get them out.

For our area, high schools are usually designated shelters for people and small pets. Large animals are usually directed to the abandoned fairgrounds/old racetrack.
Again, fires don't usually happen here. So there are no evacutation points. No shelters for animals. If a fire happened here, it would be the first time in centuries. No one has thought this out.

There aren't any fair grounds and the nearest racetrack is 50 kms away. You see my dilemna?
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post #15 of 40 Old 08-05-2017, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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What's on the other side of the stream you mentioned? Any roads to where someone who is in a safe zone might be able to meet you and the horses to a safe place?
Yes, possibly. That stream isn't far, and I do know someone who has horses on the other side. At the very least, it would be easy enough to find a place to put the horses, assuming the fire doesn't cross the stream.
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How big is the 'stream'? The Ft Mac fire jumped the Athabasca river easily.
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post #17 of 40 Old 08-06-2017, 12:03 AM
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Well, let's hope all this worry is for nothing, you get some much-needed rain tonight, and the fires that are burning stay far away and under control.

I think I might be asking for an early Christmas/birthday/anniversary/Valentine Day/Motjers Day gift and increase the search for a trailer. Nothing like a natural disaster to make one realize how vulnerable we are.

Something else I did up until a year ago was to keep $100 (US) cash hidden in my truck, plus I tried to always have a full tank of gas. ATM machines and oftentimes gas pumps do not work if the electric gets cut on your pathway to escape. The hope is a full tank of gas and cash will get you far enough away to safety.

My truck is still sitting with a full tank of gas and hooked to the trailer, but I took the money out ---- old habits die hard. If I need the trailer these days, I un-hook from my ancient GMC and hook to DH's dually as it has AC, lol

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As someone who lives in a high risk wildfire area (we literally get about 3-4 wildfires a year), my advice to you is to get your own horse trailer or at the very least set up a plan with at least two different people (in case one is out of town during an evacuation) who are responsible and have trailers large enough to accommodate your horses and their horses. You would also need to make plans for various locations to take your animals that are far enough away from fire danger zones, as well as water, hay/feed, and any other supplies you may need. That is the safest option for your horses.

Riding them across a steam/river/etc. (even a wide one) is not a valid safety option as fire can easily jump breaks like that with wind, etc. Plus smoke is still a hazard in and of itself and can have long term consequences.

Setting them loose is really your only option at this point if a fire were to break out tomorrow. Don't rely on just spray painting your phone number on them because it can be smeared in the chaos, especially if they get caught up in any water or slurry drops. The new ICE clips for manes are really nice and are probably a safer way of keeping your information on your horses should you have to turn them loose. Most wildfires here you are only given a short (and I mean SHORT) period of time to evacuate before road closures are put into place and it becomes much more difficult to get in/out without escort. Rescue workers also generally are not able to assist any animals, although many try if they can safely do it. Firefighters also prioritize houses and farms that have a safety space around their homes/barns/etc. (at least in our area) which means clear any brush, dry matter, or other fire hazards from around your property and you will have a better chance of them working around your house should they be in the area.

I know you said your community doesn't really have any large animal evacuation procedures in place, but this may be an opportune time to bring up that concern at a community meeting and perhaps a plan can be put into place that gives locals with large animals and livestock a safe location to transport and keep their animals while evacuation orders are in place. Water, feed, and bedding donations also need to be considered in this case.

I also make sure to keep copies of important paperwork for all of my animals as well, including vaccinations, Bills of Sale, registration papers, Coggins, identifying pictures, etc. Occasionally your animals must be kept at facilities where you are not able to stay and in the chaos there can be a lot of mixups so it is always good to have as much information on your animals as possible (horses or otherwise).

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post #19 of 40 Old 08-06-2017, 12:32 AM
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Agree with what @k9kenai has suggested.

Also would be looking for a trailer. Anyone that has horses on their own property really needs their own trailer. The stock trailers are relatively inexpensive and hold their value well. They are handy for hauling hay, lumber, bikes, whatever.

Praying the fire dies out without harming anyone.
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post #20 of 40 Old 08-06-2017, 12:49 AM
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I live in a very high fire area and everyone around us has at least 2 horses one thing that is normally done around here is spray painting the horses with your cell # and if you can paint it on their hoof with waterproof paint as well just in case they rub off any other identifier, we would use my husbands bright orange model paint and it only comes off with paint thinner.

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