Fashion designer's garment aims to save horses in chaotic wildfire situations

Credit : Inside Edition/Dalia MacPhee

Tuesday 19 March - 11h07 | Ian Clayton

Fashion designer's garment aims to save horses in chaotic wildfire situations

In recent years, footage of horses fleeing from California wildfires (as in the videos below) has given a sense of the terror and chaos for animals in such situations. In response, one fashion designer more known for her dresses has developed a garment meant to increase an equine’s chance of surviving. 

 - Fashion designer's garment aims to save horses in chaotic wildfire situations

Credit : Dalia MacPhee

While Dalia MacPhee has created clothes worn by actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock, she is also an equestrian enthusiast. And as Emma Allen wrote in The New Yorker earlier this month, after a series of devastating wildfires in the state MacPhee created the Equisafe blanket, "a bright-orange fire-retardant equine garment with a G.P.S. tracker, for when there’s no time to evacuate, and horses must be let loose to seek safety."

MacPhee told Allen that "a local fire department had previously counselled owners to douse their horses with water, so that they would burn more slowly."

The Equisafe blanket, which sells for $450 and comes in sizes 69–87, is fire retardant and has an attached neck and tail covering, with a tracker roughly the size of a quarter which allows for continuous location updates over 4–6 days of operation. 

As the BBC recently reported about a U.S.-German research project, as a result of human-caused climate change, California wildfires can now happen in any year regardless of how wet the winter conditions have been. 

As Allen notes in her article, some of the design projects MacPhee is apparently working on "(patents pending) include a high-tech helmet, stain-resistant turnout blankets, and an enormous life jacket designed to keep a two-thousand-pound horse afloat. She’s also working out the kinks in an app called Competible (‘Tinder for the pet-adoption world’), and collapsible-heeled (human) shoes." Video below the break.

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