Hurricane Tips



Where are you going to take your horses? 

If the emergency is a local one, like a local creek flooding you may be able to take your horses to a neighbor’s property. For bigger events you should contact horse show facilities and fairgrounds 

before a disaster to see if they have stalls that may be available during an emergency.  (see info below). 

Your truck and trailer should be full of gas and well maintained before you make an attempt to leave. Rental Stables may help keep horses temporarily in their round pens or arenas. Develop these relationships in advance. Call them to let them know you are on your way and the route you plan to take . Familiarize yourself with several evacuation routes to your destination.

Keep your horse paperwork where you can find it.

This is very important . Keep the information in a watertight bag or box.  

You will need a current coggins test. A drawing with your horses identifying markings, tattoos, microchip ID, special scars and any other permanent identification, name and phone number of your Veterinarian, as well as your personal contact information should be part of your paperwork package. 

 You will need to show some kind of proof of ownership in order to pick up your horse when the emergency is over. Take a picture of your horse with yourself or family member standing near as more proof of ownership and keep it with your ownership information.

Other items that you should have at hand:

Keep a web type breakaway halter with your horse’s name; your name and phone number and a different emergency phone number written with a waterproof sharpie type marker. 

Bring a portable first aid kit, don’t forget medications your horse may be taking. 

Bring a three-day supply of food and water to be loaded into your horse trailer in case of a longer evacuation or temporary stay at a park etc. 

Your disaster plan should be in writing and your neighbors and extended family should have a copy. Include flashlights and extra batteries with area maps. 

Do not put a copy of the horse’s coggins test on the horse.

A coggins test is a passport out of state for horse theives. 

If you are staying with your horse, don’t forget your food, water, medications, cell chargers etc.  

Sesroh offers waterproof bands that attach to your horse’s halter or around their fetlock.  They can be labled with your emergency contact info.  We also offer grease markers to mark your horse with your phone number.  

Designated Evacuation Centers

We just got off the phone with the State Disaster Center and they have sent us this document to share.

In speaking with the Ted Martin Center, they asked folks to please check their website before coming.

They, as well as many of the other centers,

have horse shows scheduled and may have limited space.

They are fairly certain the shows will be canceled

but cannot make that call at this time.



Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but it is particularly important for horse owners because of the animal’s size and the requirements needed to shelter and transport them. The most important step in protection of your valued animals is to have a plan in place. HAVE IMMUNIZATION RECORDS CURRENT Be sure you have a negative coggins test, as well as a health certificate for interstate travel. A new “Equine Interstate Event Permit (EIEP)”, which became available for the first time in 2013, allows interstate travel of horses with many cooperating states in the southeast U.S. Horse owners may elect to obtain the six-month passport in lieu of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that is only good for 30 days. Contact your local veterinarian to obtain.


A plan needs to be in place for either of the following decisions:

Evacuation: Most mistakes made with evacuations are waiting too late to take action. Horse trailers are not very stable in high winds and waiting too late to evacuate can force you to be caught in traffic. Make sure horse trailers are ready for road travel.

Destination Site: Having a destination site available is also something that needs to be planned in advance. Networking with other horse owners further inland can offer points of destination away from the storm. Listed below are places that have given tentative approval for accepting horses for short-term boarding with impending hurricanes off the coast.

Important: Please call ahead to check the status of available stalls.

Colonial Downs –  Waiting to hear from them, this may NOT be an option this year.

10515 Colonial Downs Parkway New Kent County, Virginia 23124 (804)966-7223 ext. 1040 

1. Colonial Downs offers emergency stalls (12′ x 12′) as space is available.

2. No fee required; however, boarders are asked to provide their own bedding, feed and stall guards as stalls do not have front gates. 3. Requires recent coggins test and health certificate for immunizations.

4. 1,050 permanent stalls on site. Must call for availability. Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center

2900 NC Highway 125 South Williamston, N. C. 27892 (252)792-5802 call main office during business hours After business hours contact Durwood Taylor 252-799-7659 or Keith Whitaker 252-809-9762


1. Senator Bob Martin (EAC) has 456 permanent stall capacity.

2. Reduced rates of $10/stall/day during evacuation event.

3. Must provide proof of a current negative coggins test.

4. Primary care required by owner for animals sheltered at the facility (feed, hay, watering of animals and cleaning of stalls).

5. The center requires a minimum of 2 bags of shavings per stall. (Shavings must be purchased on-site at a cost of $5.00 per bag. Please do not bring shavings or bedding from an outside source.)

6. Removal of sheltered animals once the event has subsided.

Virginia Horse Center

487 Maury River Road Lexington, VA 24450 Contact: Stable Office (Cindy or Linda) (540) 464-2966

1. Negative coggins test required.

2. If crossing state lines, a health certificate from a vet may be required.

3. Charge is $15 per day per horse.

4. Bring shavings, cannot use sawdust.

5. Bring extra buckets, feed, and hay that you have stockpiled for your horse’s evacuation, including a portable first aid kit. Bring your horse’s halter and lead rope.

6. Bring all medications and veterinary supplies.

Airfield 4-H Center

15189 Airfield Road Wakefield, VA 23888 Melvin Atkinson – Director (757) 899-4901

1. Airfield has 100 stalls and can board horses on a first-come, first-serve basis prior to impending hurricane.

2. Fee would be $15.00/day.

3. Stall cleaning available for $10/day if requested. Shavings for bedding available for $7.50/bag.

4. Person must stay on-site to care for horse. Lodging rooms available.

5. Requirements to be admitted on the grounds would include a negative 12-month coggins test and owner to sign a liability waiver issued by the Airfield 4-H Center.

6. Airfield 4-H Center is just west of Wakefield and not very distal to the coast, so consider whether this site would provide a secure destination from the storm.

Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex

1025 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh, N. C. 27607 Contact: Sheri Bridges-Complex Program Assistant (919) 839-4701

1. Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Horse Complex has 485 permanent stalls on site.

2. Temporary boarding of horses fleeing an impending hurricane as long as space is available. There are horse shows there almost every weekend so the availability may be limited.

3. Reduced rates of $10/stall/day during evacuation event. Full camper/RV hook-ups available for $25 per night.

4. Requirements to be admitted on the grounds would include a negative 12-month coggins test and all horses to be in good health. 5. Owner responsible for primary care (feed, hay, water, cleaning of stalls twice a day).

6. Shavings – minimum of 2 bags per stall, available on site.

7. Removal of sheltered horses once the emergency event has subsided. Sheltering in place:

If evacuation is not possible, a decision must be made whether to confine horses to a shelter or leave them out in pastures. Shelters should be sturdy buildings located on high ground.

The following are the most common causes of injury or death as a result of hurricanes:

1. Collapsed barns – owners miscalculated the severity of wind.

2. Electrocution – power lines are often down and are a deadly hazard.

3. Fencing failure – wandering horses may be hit or killed on roadways.

4. Debris – the most likely cause of injury is from flying debris. Whether to shelter or pasture your horses is dependent on your circumstances.

Often, animals released to open, safe pastures, away from overhead power lines and potential debris are able to fend for themselves much better than being in an unsafe shelter. Pastures should be not less than one acre in size. Make sure all animals have some form of identification. If your pastures or shelter do not meet these criteria, you should strongly consider evacuation as your best option.

For more information, visit the Virginia State Animal Response Team (SART) web site at: and select the Resources link.

Please remember that timing becomes

critical in a disaster situation.




Sesroh has three options to mark your horse in Emergency Situations:

Waterproof Markers:

These markers can be used to mark your horse’s name, your phone number and your name on your horse during an emergency weather situation.

The oil based markers are waterproof and BRIGHT. They show up on all color horses and easily wash off with Dawn Diswashing Soap.

Tyvec Bands:

These emergency bands in bright colors can be marked with permanent marker and looped through a halter or 2 can be joined together and fastened just above your horse’s hoof.

Pet ID Tag:

These unique pet ID tags are registered on-line with your information, your horse’s information (including health history if you choose).  The tags can be scanned by any cell phone, or looked up on any computer or the number on the tag can be called if your horse if found.

These tags can be attached to halters or braided into the horse’s mane (good for other pets as well).

These items are great ideas if you need to 

stay put during a Hurricane.  

If your fencing goes down and the horses get out, they can be easily identified and returned to you.

Be sure to stock up on feed, bedding and hay before the storm.  A calming agent is a good idea too in case your horse becomes aggitated during the storm.

Stay Safe! 

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