I am currently caring for 6 thoroughbred racehorses for one of my friends, he doesnt have an account on here so this post is mostly on his behalf.
Basically after a recent short (but intense!) heatwave there have been the inevitable thunderstorms that follow. The thing is that all 6 of the horses I am caring for freak out during the storms. I tried seperating them and putting each in a diffrent paddock if there was likley to be a storm (thought that one may be the cause of the problem and was just spooking the others into freaking out as well) but this made no diffrence. The rain doesnt bother them but the noise or lightning does.
I stabled each horse with a stablemate schoolmaster pony yet the company of a steady horse doesnt seem to make much diffrence.
If turned out they carrer around the paddock, bucking rearing and kicking. One of them slipped yesterday and injured his leg and as a result is out of racing for the season. If they are in their stables they just weave constantly and rear up.
I wondered if anyone knew of any ways I could aclimatise these animals to the storms so that they don't freak out or injure themselves and end up being out for the season? They are your average 16HH thouroughbred animals, high spirited aged between 3-10. 2mares, one stallion and 3 geldings.
Sorry for the length of this post!