Thursday, October 31, 2013

Taking Care of Your Ranch Animals During Disasters

Colorado is no stranger to inclement weather and natural disasters that could be devastating for any ranch owner. This is why it's important to know what to do to minimize the losses and damage suffered when catastrophe strikes. This includes protecting your animals from harm, while at the same time protecting yourself. Here are a few tips.

Always remove headstalls and halters when not needed.

Headstalls and halters can encumber horses as they can get caught up in trees, posts, and other obstacles along the way. This is bad news when you have panicked animals running around, potentially hurting others or themselves.

Release them only as a last resort.

If there is no immediate danger to the animals—or to yourself—when they are in their shelters, avoid releasing them and letting them run free. It would be much safer to have them sheltered, unless there is a big danger of them getting trapped, hurt, or killed there.

When releasing animals, do not tie them together.

Rounding up your animals after a storm has died down may be hard work, but you should definitely not try to make it easier by tying the animals together when releasing them. They could end up getting tangled up in obstacles or hurting you or each other in a panic, giving you even more stress.

Disasters may not happen all the time, but investors who buy ranches in Colorado should know exactly what to do. If not for your own sake, do it for the sake of the animals.


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