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post #1 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation **Urgent Advice** tornado warning

Hi all,
My area has just fallen inder a tornado warning and it seems as though there are active tornados on their way in the next several hours. This is NOT a normal occurance in my area - I think the last tornado I can think if was about...25 years ago at least.
Soooo, myself and the farm owner where I work are in debate as to what to do with the horses that live outside. I want to bring them in and batten down the hatches, but my boss thinks they will be better off outside. The paddocks are all about 2 acres in size where the horses are right now and surrounded by very OLD trees that are a little on the rickity side. My concern is falling branches and debris.
So I'm hoping for advice from some of you more experienced with severe weather. I am freaking out about doing the right thing and keeping everybody safe.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 11:43 PM
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If you have the room and the barn is structurally sound, I would bring them in. Flying debris is a big concern.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 11:46 PM
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Wow, We have bad weather here sometimes, and have had tornado like winds, but we have never done anything w. the horses, just left them outside. But the pasture they are in about 2 acres doesn't have a lot of trees on it. I think it would be OK to leave them out. I think they would go crazy in the barn.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 08:42 AM
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We have tornadoes in our area with alarming regularity. We leave our horses outside in the pasture. There is an area behind our pond dam (previous owner dammed a large ravine that crossed the middle of the property) that the horses go when the storms get nasty. There are some trees growing in the bottom of the ravine that help shelter them from hail and being down in the ravine gives them shelter from the worst of the wind. Have never had any injuries. I've had to head for the ravine a couple of times myself - went down to check on the horses like a dummy and got caught in the storm myself.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 08:46 AM
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What's the condition of the barn like? We brought the horses literally in the basement beneath our house before to be on the safe side 18 years ago when we had a huge tornado warning
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Are barns are in very good condition and we brought everyone inside last night. I was so worried about debris from the ancient pine trees. If they were in their big pastures I would have most likely left them out but we were doing repairs to fencing and had sections of fence down. Fortunately the system of storms turned south east and away from us. It is SO rare to have any major events here weather wise, and yesterday we had a small earthquake(5.0) and a tornado warning in the same day...wierd.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 09:03 AM
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We had an earthquake yesterday, plus a huge storm
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 09:10 AM
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They have more of a chance than if the barn is collapsed on top of them.

We have tornados every year. About four years ago a bad one where the only livestock that died were locked in a barn.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 09:28 AM
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I agree with mls; your horses will have a better chance of surviving if they're outside.

I live in VA and although we get a few tornadoes here and there, we're not in tornado alley like mls is. She has a better idea of what constitutes safety than those of us who don't deal with tornadoes on a regular basis.

I live near the Blue Ridge mountains, so although I can and do get nasty weather, I'm not really in any danger from massive flooding and tornadoes like those in flat areas or near water.
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