Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter
I never worry about the horses at night. If theres a storm they have to deal with it. And with the the thunder and lighting we have had in mn this last week they should be use to it by now. Some horses will stay in the rain and thunder. There horses they will be fine.
I'm glad that you are so optimistic, its one of those things that has to be your choice.
None of my horses are what I'd call spooky, they have all lived through enough thunderstorms to be used to them, two of them are as close to being bombproof in traffic as a horse can be, mainly because we ride in heavy traffic far more in the UK than the US seem too - since we came here I've never seen another horse on the roads and we live in an area with a lot of horses. Three of ours came to the US by trailer, boat and plane and coped 100% with it all. They are still not happy in lightning storms.
My husband comes from a farming background, over the years he has seen enough cattle struck by lightning to confirm that it is not a pretty sight but at least they didn't have names or had years of hard work & training put into them, not to mention being loved.
In 2011 26 US people were killed by lightning strikes, many others survived strikes, in 1942 with a smaller population 432 people died, the drop in numbers is attributed to the increase in awareness and people taking heed of advice to get indoors in storms
The US Dept of Agriculture attributes 80% of all livestock deaths to lightning strikes and fatalities in animal strikes is way higher than in humans, partly because of their higher body mass and partly due to the fact that its often to late to give possible life saving assistance by the time they are found
Last nights storm here dropped two healthy trees onto different sections of our fence, if my horses had been out they could have been miles away by the time we got up this morning, they could have been standing under those trees. Where do most horses stand in storms/heavy rain? Under trees, where is one of the worst places to stand in a lightning storm? Under a tree
I value my horses, it took me ages to find a new one to suit me when I retired my older mare and the new one is still to me a work in progress and will probably never match up to her predecessor.
I know a lot of people have no option but I know where I prefer our lot to be. We have a smoke/fire alarm linked to the house, each stall can open directly to the outside. I sleep better at night knowing where they are. But that's just me, we are all entitled to manage our horses the way we see as best for them.