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ON THE loose

ASPCA Disaster Response Manager Tim Perciful gives expert advice about why you shouldn’t turn your horse loose in an emergency and the benefits of microchipping.

IF EVACUATION OF HORSES ISN’T POSSIBLE, WHAT’S THE NEXT BEST OPTION?

■ It’s crucial to heed the warning upon any advance notice for hurricane or wildfire evacuations and try to move your horses away from danger prior to the emergency.

■ If you have good defensible space in a wildfire and can have a fire break, then it may be best to have your horses shelter in place. One of the challenges to this is that wildfires can send embers over long distances, and they could still ignite a barn, pasture, fencing, et cetera.

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