Emergency Plans

MHC Emergency Help for Equines & Equine Owners

Manitoba Horse Council has maintained a resource list of individuals and businesses that have generously offered to aid equines and equine owners in an emergency situation (eg. flood evacuation) by providing temporary stabling / acreage for equines, or equine transportation.

Please be aware that immediate assistance may not be possible in every situation. Should you foresee the need for evacuation of your equine(s) and require assistance, please contact the MHC office as soon as possible so that if a crisis does arise, you are by then prepared and have made arrangements with those providing support.

Note: This does not constitute emergency veterinarian care or regular situations and duties overseen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or city police (911)

How do I obtain emergency assistance for my equine(s)?

Contact the MHC office at (204) 925-5718

MHC will provide contact details of those able to provide assistance closest to where you / your equine is situated

Contact the refuge / transportation provider(s) and make arrangements

Note: MHC has no involvement in the arrangements made between you and the refuge / transportation provider

Refuge / transportation providers will not all be able to provide the same accommodations or services, including the number of equine(s) they are able to assist

You may likely be required to provide your own care for your equine(s) at the refuge provided 

I would like to provide emergency assistance. How can I help?

Are you willing and able to provide help to equines / equine owners in an emergency? Please contact the MHC office. Your name and details will only be released to those seeking assistance.

THANK YOU to all for your generosity and willingness to lend a hand to those in need.

Remember: When providing assistance or refuge to unknown equines, or boarding your equines at an unfamiliar property due to evacuation, be sure take proper safety and biosecurity measures. Please see the Biosecurity page for more information. 

Emergency Action Plan

Does your equestrian facility or property have its own Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place?

Customize an EAP for your facility or property today! An EAP should be available to all clients, coaches, and others who access your site. Download a template below provided by the Equestrian Canada/NCCP Coaching program.

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Info

Emergency Plan Required for all EC Competitions

Emergency planning is required of all event organizers, no matter the level of competition. It involves five stages:
1. identification of potential risk (in and out of our controls),
2. prevention of risk,
3. the response or solution,
4. mitigation of the problem, and
5. finally recovery or back to play.

The purpose of this guide is to provide all Canadian competition organizers and officials with a consistent base plan and guidelines including specific mandatory responses in cases such as lightning or a catastrophic accident to horse or human.  Each competition, event and discipline has its own identity and specific needs. This is recognized and appreciated and the expectation of Equestrian Canada is that each competition will have its own unique emergency action plan appropriate to its own needs but incorporating those mandatory requirements. It is an Equestrian Canada rule that every competition has an emergency action plan.


Responding to Animal Disasters
A presentation example provided by the Alberta Government and Alberta Equestrian Federation.





Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6

The office is currently closed to personal callers. Please phone or email as the details below.

Executive Director, Diane David
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]