The following articles were authored by laurieloveman

More info about smoke and horses’ health

The April 28, 2017 issue of The Horse has a valuable article about the effect of wildfire smoke on horses’ respiratory systems.  Click here to read it now!

Be Ready for Wildfires

Are you ready to face a wildfire? I’d like to remind everyone of an excellent article by Alayne Renee Blickle that was first published in THE HORSE in 2013. Alayne provides easy-to-follow tips to help you make your own evacuation plan now, before (and hopefully never) you need to put your plan into action. Alayne’s article is important enough that you should take another look at it if you’ve read it before, or please do take the time to read her article if it is new to you.  The link is: http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/smart-horse-keeping/archive/2013/09/17/tips-for-developing-a-firewise-evacuation-plan.aspx . You’ll also enjoy Alayne’s website,  http://www.horsesforcleanwater.com . She has great information for improving all areas of your farm.

Also, be sure to read the comment from Sarah in response to Alayne’s article, and visit her Silhouette Farm website,  http://www.silhouettefarm.com to see photographs and read her narrative of her experience in the 2008 Triangle-Complex fire in California.

New Fire Safety for Barns Program

“Building a Farm Fire Safe Community” is a new program that was created because of concerns over the huge loss resulting from fires that have destroyed buildings, animals, vehicles, and equipment in Ontario, Canada. Bill Hunter, Fire Chief  for the Township of Perth East and the Municipality of West Perth, in Ontario, Canada, invites you to learn about their program, which was developed in partnership with the Tradition Mutual Insurance Company, North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, the South Easthope Mutual Insurance Company and the Perth-Huron Insurance Brokers Association. This program is not just for Ontario farms, though. It is adaptable to any farm or stable situation and they are also planning a series of videos that will address farm fire safety topics.  Take a look at this program, especially the excellent self-assessment form available for you to download. You can learn more about the program at the Perth East website at  www.pertheast.ca or you can contact Chief Hunter at the fire department at 519-595-2800.

Maite Kropp writing on Animal Deaths in Factory Farms

If 600,000 people died in one year from preventable fires, we would do something about it. The problems is, the 600,000 sentient beings who perished weren’t people, and they couldn’t speak for themselves. Here, Maite Kropp gives them a voice.

Animal deaths in factory fires can be avoided

by Maite Kropp

Published in The Reporter, August 6, 2014

Prevention of tragedy has been a survival behavior of humankind since the beginning of human existence. Not all tragedies can be prevented, especially if they are caused by an “Act of God.” Lately, we have witnessed some very unforgettable tragedies caused by wildfires in many parts of the country due to the severe drought.

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Help for Unfreezing Frozen Pipes

One frequent cause of barn fires in the winter months occurs when someone attempts to thaw frozen water pipes.  The American Red Cross has information about preventing frozen pipes in the first place, and tips on thawing those pipes if they do freeze. The fact sheet is directed to homes, but the information definitely applies to barns also.  Take a few minutes to read the American Red Cross Fact Sheet: Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes before you take your tools to the barn.

 

You Need a Plan for Natural Disasters

Nancy Jaffers has written an article that brings up some important points, especially regarding the loss of electricity. For example, how would you supply water to your horses if you’re on a well?  Nancy points you to some good solutions to problems you’re likely to experience if your area is hit with a tornado, wildfire, or other natural disasters. You can read her excellent article at http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2013/02/when_an_emergency_looms_horseo.html . Nancy’s articles appear every Sunday on-line at http://www.nj.com/ in the equestrian column she writes for  nj.com.

 

From: Laurie Loveman [mailto:laurie@laurieloveman.com]

Good information about planning for fire safety

Following the loss of eight horses in a barn fire at Gerry Carwood’s barn near Keeneland Racetrack on May 9, 2014, Natalie Voss wrote an excellent article titled “Fire Safety in Barns is All About Planning Ahead” that was published in the May 25, 2014 issue of the Paulick Report.  It will be well worth your time to read it at http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/fire-safety-in-barns-is-all-about-planning-ahead/ .

 

More on Heated Water Buckets

Ryan Rice contacted me with some good information about the electrical aspect of heated water buckets:

“I’ve just read your article on heated buckets for horses in a barn. While I understand the concern about safety and fire hazards, there’s no reason to be worried and not use one. A 5 gallon heated bucket only uses 130 watts, while a 16 gallon bucket still only uses 260 watts. If you get a heating element for a 100 gallon Rubbermaid water bucket you might get up to around 1500 watts, but most people don’t use 100 gallon buckets inside the barn. So, if you have a 15 amp circuit, which is the smallest you could have, the maximum continuous watts would be 1440. As long as properly rated extension cords are used–preferably none–and for extra safety, a GFI outlet, you can keep your horse drinking water all winter.

Dave Vigness’ Heated Water Bucket Project

Although the season for using heated water buckets is just about over, Dave Vigness has a good summer project for you talented, mechanically savvy folks to tackle. Here’s his story:

Whispering Creek Rescue got started in somewhat of a backwards way. We initially contacted a rescue north of us to inquire about a horse, but then the kids got a little older and lost interest and we didn’t go any farther.

A while later we received a call from that rescue inquiring about our need for a horse as they had just rescued almost a hundred horses and didn’t have a place for them all. After a bit of conversation we volunteered our acreage for grazing for a few months. In exchange for allowing grazing for eighteen horses we were allowed to keep two of the rescues. Our first two boys were a yearling and an older abused gelding that has taken us three years to be able to get close enough to even groom.

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Why Run-In Sheds Need Lightning Protection

If you have a run-in shed in your pasture, there is always a danger that the shed, possibly being the tallest structure in the area, may be hit by lightning. Run-in sheds can be grounded; discuss your options with a licensed lightning protection installer.

Trisha Keller lost a beloved horse to a lightning strike. After reading her letter to the Editor of The Horse in June, 2012, I contacted her and she was kind enough to provide this account:

“I just thought that I would share with you my experience with our shed in response to your article “Run-In Shed Rundown”. An early afternoon this past July, in Southeast WI, we experienced a short 10 minute storm that brought with it unexpected lightning. When there are storms in my area and I am home I will always bring my horses into their stalls. On this occasion there was no warning of a pending storm until it had already hit my area and moved on towards Milwaukee. After the storm, my mom went out to check on the horses and to her detriment she came upon our two horses in their shed, one dead and the other fighting for his life. She immediately called me as I have worked on horse ranches as a Breeding Manager for 5 years and have experienced many disasters and fatal circumstances. I was over an hour away so she had to handle this on her own which was extremely hard for her as she has never had a horse die before.

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