Hurricanes Don’t Respect Any Border.

YESTERDAY

October 6, 2016.  South of the border US President Obama declares a State of Emergency. Officials in Florida tell people in evacuation areas to “get out or prepare to die”.

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My husband David and I spend the winters in South Florida where I train and compete with my horse Biasini and we have many friends there. What was going to happen to them and to their horses?  Social media gave me some answers. That’s what Facebook is for right?

My Florida coach and trainer Luis Reteguiz Denizard had just moved into a new house. What was the first thing he did? He put up the metal hurricane shutters on all of the windows.   In Wellington David Kohn was preparing to spend the night in the bathroom as it was the only room without windows. A good plan! Another friend, Angelyn Trimble, in Palm City, battened down the hatches on her small barn and spray painted her phone number onto the sides of her horses.

Horses are flight animals. They have survived many millennia by being aware of any dangers around them and their reaction to danger is to run. To flee from the danger. If a hurricane damaged the barn and they escape they would run for miles and miles in their panic. If they were later found the phone number would make it possible to call the owner and tell them the horse was alive and safe. The thought of having to do this with my horse Biasini while waiting for a hurricane  is almost unimaginable.

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For more information on what horse owners were doing there is a good blog post on NoelleFloydstyle.com  http://noellefloydstyle.com/nine-things-wellington-horse-owners-are-doing-to-prepare-for-hurricane-matthew

Hurricane Matthew was coming and he was leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake. Florida was right to prepare and to evacuate. Several barns in other states were offering stabling to those who chose to evacuate. Normally a veterinary certificate is necessary for a horse to cross any state border but I think this would have been waived in this emergency situation.

Matthew doesn’t care about a border. He has no need of a passport or a visa to enter the USA. Neither a wall nor a border can keep him out. As I went to bed I hoped that he might at least tire a bit or decide to stay out at sea.

TODAY

I turned on the radio as soon as I woke up. Matthew had made landfall farther north than Wellington and Palm City. I looked at Facebook and friends were checking in “safe”. Horses also were also reported safe.  I breathed a sigh of relief.  It is not over yet. It is never over until it is well and truly over.

Hurricanes never respect a border.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Oh my, this must have been nerve racking!!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Fortunately the hurricane struck with full force farther North than expected so all the horses I know were safe$

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  2. nathaswami says:

    Hurricanes may not respect border. But don’t they prefer to strike the same areas again and again?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Indeed they do. It is just a question of how often. Florida has had a break since Hurricane Andrew several years ago. But they still call this time of year “hurricane season” in Florida and the Caribbean.

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Yes. It is something we have to remember when riding them. That flapping blue tarp may just be a blue tarp to us but a horse may see it as a danger and decide to “flee” from it. Horses are amazing because if they trust their rider they’d not act on their natural flight instinct and stay with us.

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      2. nathaswami says:

        So is the east coast of India and Bangladesh.

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      3. anne leueen says:

        This I did not know ( but should have). Thanks for this info. Now I shall watch the news for this part of the world .

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  3. I’d not thought of this, but it makes sense that horses would be flight animals.

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  4. We were so fortunate , but I feel bad for the areas that got hit

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  5. I read this post yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it and all the poor horses (and of course all the people affected by this hurricane), I was telling my husband about the spray painting of telephone numbers on the horses. I, like you, just could not even imagine!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You will be happy to know that my friends in Palm City and Wellington Florida and all of their horses came through safely. They hurricane touched land farther north in Florida and so they had high winds and tremendous rain and most place lost power but no lives horse or human were lost. Thanks for your comment and sympathy!

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  6. Sheryl says:

    A peek into a world I am not part of. I hope all the horses, all animals and humans remain safe.

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