Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hurricane preparation for your farm

The Forum today was a big success and very well attended. I thought I would post the work sheet
here for those that are interested. It's a simple list to help you set up a disaster preparedness plan for your farm.

Disaster Preparation Work Sheet

Jacksonville Equine Associates LLC

Store forms in a secure waterproof folder or on a CD or Thumb Drive and take it with you.

1.Farm location- Flood zone. __________________________

print map and attach to plan

2. Follow storm progress


-TV- local stations

-Radio- local stations, have extra batteries should power go out

3.Evacuation Plan- Locations-





Evacuation route

Alternate route

4. Horses- Information, name, age, photos, Microchip ID #. Attach copies of Coggins test and health certificate (event permit good for 6 months)





5. Secure structures

a. Move loose objects indoors from aisle way and paddocks. Store in stall.

b. Tie jumps and poles together or store indoors.

c. Move trailers to high ground in field away from trees. Park in center of field.

d. Check barn doors and shutters.

6. Store drinking water- 7-day supply

a. # (Of horses) x 20(gal.) x 7(days)= total water needed

b. ________x 20 x 7=____________gallons

7. Store feed-7 day supply

a. Grain/sweet feed (approx. 1lb per 100lbs body wt.)

b. Hay – stored indoors, don’t rely on round bales

c. All feed stored securely off the ground and under waterproof tarps.

8. Bed all stalls and aisle ways for pastured horses.

(Note- horses left in open pastures with no trees or debris survive best)

Away from weak structures and trees that have shown prior damage.

Remove all debris from the field.

9. Clear fence lines- trees and limbs that will damage fence. Store temporary fencing materials; white PVC fence wire, yellow hazard tape, spare posts nails and staples.Tools.

10. Secure a GENERATOR

- To run pump for water and any power equipment needed after the storm

- 4HP or higher

11. First aid Kit

Bandage material, sheet cotton, gauze, tape (vet wrap, duct tape), scissors, leg wraps.

Wound ointment- Nolvasan, Triple antibiotic

Analgesics- Banamine, Phenylbutazone

Syringes and needles

Clean towels

Fresh water to clean wounds (1-2 gallons)

Soap- hand soap, shampoo, and betadine scrub

Insect repellent

Flash lights and batteries (head lamps are good while working on the horse)

Spare halters and lead ropes.

Tranquilizers- Acepromazine

12. Emergency contact numbers:







Check and repair fences

Clear trees and limbs

Remove debris

Store jumps/tables/chairs

Examine barn for loose shingles/debris

Move trucks and trailers into large pasture

Spare fuel, store in trailer or stall, four 5 gallon cans

Get tie downs for trucks and trailers

Store feed-7 day supply-in water proof containers

Store hay under tarps in a stall off the ground

Water-15-20 gal/horse/day (fill up boats and troughs) Bleach –8 drops/gallon

Hand pump for well-fairly cheap and your well wont work with power

Generator 4 hp or higher (5000 watt)

Extension cords

Tools- hammers/nails

- Fencing materials –field fence (no barbed wire) and posts

- Chainsaw-extra chain

- Ropes and tow cable

- Ladder

- Wire cutters and pry bar

- Rolls of black plastic and staple gun

- Flood lights- work light and car plug in type (1 million candle power)

- Waders or snake boots

Extra halters and lead ropes (in plastic storage bin)

Medical supplies

- Bandage materials (sheet cotton, gauze, telfa pads, vet wrap, duct tape)

- Wound medications (betadine scrub, nolvasan ointment, triple antibiotic)

- Anti-inflammatory meds- Banamine, Bute

- Sedatives- Acepromazine, rompun

- Antibiotics- SMZ tablets

- Insect repellant

- Syringes and needles

Personal supplies

-Canned food or MRE’s

-Water-freeze 2 liter bottles (can use to keep your fridge cool)

-Generator and extension cords (4hp 5000 W )

-Gas grill

-Small cheap A/C unit ($ 100) store in closet( this was a life saver for us)

-Cash- with power out ATM’s and banks won’t be open

-Fire arms (if you have a generator everyone will know) significant looting after Andrew and Katrina

Monday, June 16, 2008

2008 Equine Disaster Preparedness Forum

On June 28th I will be speaking at the Equestrian Center as part of the Equine Disaster Preparedness Forum. We did this a few years ago and it was quite informative, however this years will be on a much larger scale ( 500-1000). I will talk about what you need to do to get ready for and survive a hurricane. This stems from what a good friend of mine went through in Miami during Hurricane Andrew. He called it the 5 things you need. As we prepared for some big storms ,that fortunately didn't hit , we expanded the list trying to take in as many variables as possible and what was required to be ready. Last years worksheet can be found here at JAXEQUINE.COM.
While our big focus remains hurricanes we also have to be aware of fires and floods, both of which have been in the news as of late. If you are interested you can sign up for the forum at
hope to see you there.

8:00 am

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Big Brown and Anabolic Steroids

With the Belmont Stakes coming up this weekend and a chance for the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years there will be more attention focused on Big Brown. The New York Times published an article about the use of anabolic steroids in the horse racing industry and specifically in Big Brown.
It should be noted that there are a lot of uses for anabolic steroids and many horses need them, primarily geldings ( no testosterone). They are also useful in treating muscle injury and anemia. Unlike humans there is no scientific evidence that anabolic steroids improve racing performance. (Fillies do show improved performance since they have little testosterone). This is most likely due to the fact that horses are already running at near peak anatomical and physical performance. Simply put, they just might not be capable of running any faster than they are right now. Unfortunately, the racing industry, trainers and owners like many of the general public are convinced that it these drugs greatly improve performance. Veterinarians need to be at the forefront of this debate and provide proper information instead of sitting back and letting the industry decide how best to deal with it. When I was working in Australia many of the horses coming back to the farm had been treated excessively with steroids . One of our big problems was trying to get the mares to cycle after being on the track.... and the juice for extended periods of time. It was frequently a year off before they would cycle. I think there should be drug testing on performance horses and have a set withdrawal time for anabolic steroids like performance enhancing drugs. This will help remove the cloud of suspicion that is forming over the horse racing industry. Many have wondered if Eight Bells was using steroids prior to her tragic accident. The trainer adamantly denied giving her steroids and the necropsy report confirmed that he was correct. Hopefully the Belmont will go well and Big Brown can pull it off. Perhaps if we work hard to make the appropriate changes then the specter of cheating,abuse and drugs will be something that is no longer even considered.'s a nice thought.