bad storms...horses in or out?
We have a 40' x 40' barn, with a 40' x 16' covered lean to off the back.
With all this bad weather we've had in the past few weeks (thunderstorms mainly) where, in your opinion, is the safest for horses to be?
They can get out of the weather is a nice big lean to, but if the weather is absolutely horrid, I bring them into their stalls. Blizzard like conditions, to thaw out in the middle of winter, cold...cold...cold...weather, and to get away from the bugs in the summer time. They LOVE their stalls.
We don't typically have tornados here in Michigan, but if we did have a warning/watch, I typically leave my horses outside. If a tornado hits us, they have a better opportunity to survive being able to run away, as opposed to locked in a barn. Right?
Thunderstorms, they usually stay inside, but lately I've been leaving them out. With this large of a lean to, there is plenty of room for five horses that get along to stay out of the weather.
My biggest fear is lightning hitting the barn and setting it on fire. The way our house is set up, wehave 10.5 Acres, 320 feet road space, so its a long "lot". Our house is set in the woods, and a path leads out to 5 acres of open land and the barn. If our barn was on fire, we have huge trees blocking our view out back, so we'd never know until it was too late.
Many horses don't have the life that mine do. Many neglected horses have no shelter at all and survive just fine. So maybe I'm just paranoid... but still...it has me thinking what others do when mother nature strikes.
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