The recent wildfires in California have wreaked havoc on the state and displaced thousands of animals. While dogs, cats and other small animals can be easily transported, large animals like horses are a little trickier to evacuate.
In some dire cases where evacuating with a trailer is no longer an option, horse owners are forced to let their horses loose to escape the fires. This leaves the horses susceptible to burns and injuries and makes it impossible for the owners to keep track of them.
Dalia MacPhee, a Los Angeles-based designer and horse owner, wanted to do more to help horse owners protect and keep track of their horses in wildfire emergency situations. According to NBC4, “MacPhee says she was inspired to design the Equisafe Blanket after the Lilac Fire, ‘they were told to let all the horses loose, it was the right thing to do, but it still broke my heart.’”
MacPhee’s Equisafe blanket is a fire-retardant horse blanket that you can get with or without a GPS locator. So during an emergency evacuation where equestrians are forced to release their horses, they can rest a bit easier knowing that their horse has a layer of protection, and that they can easily locate them and get them back to safety.
According to MacPhee’s Indiegogo campaign, the Equisafe blanket for horses is currently SFI level 5 pending. The SFI Foundation is a nonprofit organization that deals directly with fire-retardant racecar driving clothing. With an SFI Level 5 pending rating, that means that every part of the Equisafe blanket is fire retardant and can withstand temperatures of up to 700 degrees. This horse blanket has undergone flammability testing and has been SGS certified.
The GPS chip can be added to the blanket to ensure that horse owners can find their horses once the area is safe to return to.
The Equisafe blanket is meant to serve as an emergency measure that is used as a last resort when evacuating is no longer an option. It should not replace proper evacuation planning, and you should always follow the evacuation orders from your local fire rescue teams and state officials.
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