As an emergency preparedness measure, we gather information on veterinary resources along the travel route and record their contact information for quick reference in the event of an emergency. We also maintain a membership with USRider Motorist Assistance program which will help locate towing services, veterinarians, stabling facilities, alternate equine transportation, and more in the event of an emergency or mechanical issue.
Should the unexpected occur or an accident happen, we secure in the rear window of the trailer an "I-C-E" (In Case of Emergency) form and a "POA" (Limited Power of Attorney for Animal Care) form that are part of the comprehensive Transport Contract. The ICE form includes information on each equine (description, medical history, insurance information, approved medical expense limit, etc.), equine owner/agent, regular attending veterinarian, emergency transport contact, and emergency contacts in the event the owner/agent cannot be reached. This form can be used by emergency responders, veterinarians, or whoever will be in contact with the equine during an emergency to refer to for information so that arrangements for the equine can be made should the occupants of the towing vehicle be unable to communicate because of the accident. The "POA" form (Limited Power of Attorney for Animal Care) enables 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC in the event of an accident in which we are still able to communicate, to consult with the attending veterinarian and make decisions directly related to the equines medical care, on your behalf, within the constraints documented on the emergency forms, should we be unable to make contact in a timely manner. There is nothing worse than after an accident where the occupants of the vehicle are incapacitated or absent from the scene, the equine is left with nobody knowing who the owner is, who to notify, to what extent to authorize veterinary treatment versus euthanasia and by what authority are those decisions made, etc.
Our ICE and POA forms can be found for download on the "Resources and Files" page of this website.