Emergency Plan


Rule #1: STAY SAFE!!

  • Horses can be very dangerous when injured or panicked
  • You cannot help your horse if you are injured
  • The most important thing is your SAFETY and the safety of those around you

If you are the owner of a horse, it will not be a matter of if you will have an emergency but when you have one and what it is. It does not matter how organized you are or how clean your farm is. I think horses look for a way to hurt themselves. The following is a list of things that will help you be prepared when your emergency occurs:

  • Colic
  • Foaling Difficulty
  • Laceration/Hemorrhage
  • Illness/Fever
  • Seizures
  • Acute Lameness
  • Ocular Trauma

As a horse owner, you must know how to recognize serious problems, respond promptly and take appropriate action while waiting for the vet to arrive.

Are they prone to accidents?


  • Kicks
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Fractures
  • Bite wounds

Emergency Planning

Is safe to approach the horse? If so:

  • Catch and calm the horse
  • If possible, take the horse to a safe place such as a stall or paddock
  • Get someone to help you

Phone numbers you need to have available?

  • A friend or neighbor who can assist you in an emergency
  • Your veterinarian, including how to reach after hours
  • Your insurance company


  • If you do not own a trailer, make arrangements in advance for transportation in case of an emergency
  • Know how to hitch up, road worthy
  • Make sure your horse is well accustomed to loading and riding
  • Keep a well maintained First-Aid Kit in the truck or trailer

It always helps to have assistance in times of an emergency

Be sure to prepare and practice your plans.

This will help you act calmly and efficiently during times of an emergency.