Flood resources: Horses

Below, you will find advice and resources for horses affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and the recent flooding in the upper North Island. We also have specific resources for: 

Emergency contacts

Contact MPI’s on-call Animal Welfare Emergency Management team:

If you or someone you know has a missing horse, you can post a notice for free on New Zealand's largest lost and found pet network,

It is also worth cross-posting the listing to local equine Facebook groups.

A free helpline has been set up for people in the Hawke's Bay who have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. Call the helpline if you need to access any welfare services, including mental health, accommodation, ongoing food, household goods and services support, animal welfare and rural support.

  • Phone: 0800 117 672

The number will operate from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 8am to 4.15pm on weekends.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working with farm supply companies and veterinarians in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti to ensure critical supplies can get to communities that have no road access.

Farmers with no road access to their farms can order necessary supplies from their usual farm goods suppliers and veterinarians and arrangements will be made to deliver them by air or Unimog.

Critical supplies are:

  • water reticulation materials
  • temporary boundary fencing materials
  • animal health supplies and veterinary medicines.

This support is only available for farms with no road access for deliveries.

For more information, including how to place an order, see the below factsheets:

Resources for veterinary professionals

Flood Injury in Horses
- Paper from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Flood Injury to Horses
- Fact sheet from Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Horse Care and Management Tips for Flooded Areas
- Advice from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Veterinary Management of Flood Rescue and Flood Injuries in Horses
- Webinar from the Equine Practice Company
Immersion Foot Syndrome in 6 Equids Exposed to Hurricane Floodwaters
- Case report from the Veterinary Pathology journal

General resources and advice

Horses and floods
- Advice from Agriculture Victoria
Protect your animals in an emergency: Livestock and horses
- Fact sheet from MPI
Managing Horses During a Flood Crisis
- fact sheet by by Dr John Kohnke
Preparing your horse for severe wet weather
- fact sheet from Equine Veterinarians Australia
Livestock health after prolonged wet conditions and flooding
- Advice from MPI for farmers, whenua Māori entities and lifestyle block owners