Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Harley

New Jersey is projected to be hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irene tomorrow night.  Since we are near the coast and Atlantic City, the barrier islands and surrounding areas are being evacuated.  My town is not on the list.  We have been stocking up on food stuffs, filling water containers, and gathering supplies like a camping stove.  The gas stations were traffic jammed today.  Caravans of emergency vehicles passed by as I ran preparatory errands.  The shelves were want for D batteries and flashlights.  The south bound Garden State Parkway closed.  Our fearless governor told residents to assume that power outages will occur and to store five days worth of water and food.  My house is fitted with hurricane strapping which is supposed to withstand 130 mph winds.  I chuckled when the builder said it was the updated code.  We are not that close to the shore, I thought.  Let's hope that we do not have to test the limits of those giant staples.

The barn owners did a fantastic job of securing the farm and preparing for the storm.  They have plenty of food and hay and filled many large containers with water.  I feel badly that I was not there to help them out.  Eleven horses will be in the barn.  The paddocks are just not safe enough.  Too much debris.  Too many trees.  Even though he will be inside, I still felt the need to attach identification to my beloved.

Plenty of mane for this job.

The barn owners are very experienced horse people.  I am sure that everything will be fine, but I am still apprehensive.  What if the roof blows off the barn?  What if there is flooding?  What if we are suddenly told to evacuate?  The thought of my horse trapped in a barn is unbearable, but the thought of him loose in a hurricane is equally terrifying.  If they had to be turned loose, would my horse take care of his friend?  Would he know where to go until we could retrieve him?  I believe that he is an intelligent, sensible horse.  He is strong and fast. 
Harley vs. the Hurricane. 


Best wishes to all who will be weathering the storm this weekend.


  1. Oh Val, I'm so glad you took the time to post here. I've been watching the weather channel and things just don't look good. I am glad you're stocked up and it sounds like you are prepared to the best you can do. I can't imagine what it will be like for you to not know how Harley will be doing through out all this. I will be sending good thoughts your way. (and beautiful Harley's way too). Please stay safe and take care.

  2. Gosh Val, thinking of you - your Harley is the absolute twin image of my Murphy so when I watch your vids/read your posts it's like looking at my boy. All the very very best of luck with the weather. Kate x

  3. Sounds like all has been done that can be done - hope all is well for you and Harley.

  4. Thank you for your support Mary, Kate, and Kate West (Welcome!).

  5. Val - hang in there!

    My blog post today is right up your alley. Now THAT'S a Trot posted about halter ID tags a few weeks ago. I liked the product so much that I ordered them for my own boys. You can check out the company at For anyone else that wants to see how they look on a halter, check out my post today at

    Hopefully the weather weakens and all of our coastal states are spared! Be safe! :0)

  6. Karen- Thanks for the well wishes and tag info. I was picturing the pretty tags from Now THAT'S a Trot's post while I was making one for Harley. I had some luggage tags, but they seemed too heavy to tie in his mane. Hopefully, this was overkill. Turning them loose would be an extreme last resort. But if we did, it would be sans halter for sure.

  7. I am not a fan of leaving halters on either. But then, I don't live in an area where tropical storms or fire are "common." ID tags were important when doing endurance rides because horses do get free while out on the trail. One summer, while riding locally, I was thrown from my horse, someone along the highway found her and called 911. They also called my house. I eventually found my horse before search and rescue were actually dispatched, but it's nice to know that bridle tags do work.

    I also wear a RoadID wrist bracelet myself.

    I really like the halter tags. My stuff is easily recognized as "mine" at the barn. If my horse gets loose while at a show, someone will know who to call. And if the vet has to be called ASAP, at least my number is with the horse!

    But back to leaving halters on ... I don't do it, but it's scary to think of the fencing getting knocked down and a horse being loose. Braiding ID into the main or tail seems like the best option. I certainly hope you don't ever have the need to find out if it is effective!

  8. I worry about mine being out, but it's so hard sometimes to say where they'd be better off! I've done what I can for my guys, and so now we just wait... Thankfully there will be a bunch of people at the farm keeping an eye on things, and even some of the non-horsey neighbors will be looking out for them.

    Hope you and Harley stay safe!

  9. Thank you and I wish the same for you, Willie, and Jabby! I know it is a tough call. At least there will be people around to help out. My barn owners live on the property and will be keeping a watchful eye.

  10. Hope now that the storm is over everyone is safe and sound. We can only prepare so much and then just have to wait and see. But the more ready we are for things hopefully it will all go okay. Let us know how Harley made out. He's just so adorable.

  11. Harley and all his horse and human friends are safe and sound. Thank you for all the well wishes and support. I really appreciate your thoughts and comments.


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