An emergency fund for equine victims of natural disasters has been set up by the Unites States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

The Equine Disaster Relief Fund was inspired by lessons learned during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. USEF reported that the “biggest challenge” back then was not manpower — as there were hundreds of volunteers — but finding money to provide veterinary assistance and to buy and transport food to stricken horses.

USEF, the national governing body of equestrian sport in America, is appealing for contributions from both individuals and organisations.

A spokesman said: “Money donated will be used to prepare for disasters and to assist horses of any breed who are victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and fires”.

The spokesman added that the fund would be permanent and strictly ring-fenced for this purpose.

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