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    06-01-2013, 01:19 AM
We have some pretty wild weather out here in OK. Experience has taught me to bring them in for lightning and tornadoes. The chance of a barn taking a direct hit is pretty slim (not saying it doesn't happen, it does) and at least inside they are somewhat protected from fly debris. I'm going to put up some pics tomorrow of what the last storm did to my place this evening. It's not pretty and I'm glad my horses and chickens were all inside.
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    06-01-2013, 01:21 AM
My horses are kept outside with access to a walk in shed . However they prefer the woods it seems.
I have seen them turn tail to the wind and hunker down during a hailstorm with the shed not 100ft away.
If they are under it they do not come out if the hail starts but only Star my stallion seems to detest the rain and/or cold.
For a tornado they are left out. A direct hit and they are helpless if locked in a stall. Shalom
    06-01-2013, 01:55 AM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Star my stallion seems to detest the rain and/or cold.
Ok, what is it about Arabian stallions? Cloney will come to the back gate and ask to be let in out of the rain and/or cold. He "helps" put on his blanket by dropping his head and then tossing it back to help send the blanket down his back. If I left the door or gate open to the barn, if it even hinted that it might rain, I'd come out to find him in the aisle of the barn peeking out but not so much he'd get his little ears wet......ROFL!
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    06-01-2013, 02:10 AM
I always thought that horses could hear a tornado coming and if one was coming your way you let them out to run away from it. But during storms and such, I prefer to have them in, I get alittle nervous when it comes to storms (especially hurricanes)
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    06-01-2013, 02:21 AM
Dreamcatcher arabian stallions are prima donnas. I have owned 3 all were very tough and hardy until it came to the weather.
Maybe they know how much we paid for them and want to protect our investment? Shalom
    06-01-2013, 02:56 AM
I've always been taught to leave them outside for pretty much everything. That natural instincts will take over. But like Smrobs said, you're ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't.

Our barn is the metal pole shed type, but with a wood / shingled roof. The end is used as a run in. With high winds I was taught to also keep the doors open to prevent the vacuum effect from occurring.

On a side note, Odie has been caught snoozing happily in the middle of the field during a hail storm, chasing others away from his chosen spot during a rain storm, and refusing to come inside with 6" of wet heavy snow on his back. HOWEVER, if he feels 2 mosquitoes he can't get inside fast enough. But that's Odie, I don't think he's right in the head, lol
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    06-01-2013, 07:34 AM
My horses have free access to shelter whenever they see fit. The only time it is really used is when there is freezing rain or bugs during the day, and they like to take naps in it... I would not lock them in during a storm where there was the chance of a tornado, they are able to run for cover and if needed go through a fence to do so, in a barn they are completely helpless. But like others have said, ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't. I have a friend who lost their herd of 20 cow-calf pairs to lightning, one of my biggest fears.
    06-01-2013, 08:02 AM
Luckily, tornadoes on the ground are relatively rare here, but we are in hurricane alley here in NC. Our horses stay out and we just put their halters on w/name and phone #. They typically just huddle together in or in front of their shelter to get their heads out of the wind/rain.
    06-01-2013, 10:05 AM
Thanks for all the infomation. Sounds pretty similar to us.

What got me to post this was dbarabians on a different thread made a comment about more tornados coming and his routine to put his animals inside. So then I was questioning myself on some decisions to leave my horses out in most bad weather.

Phly, we are getting storms that were west, but its mostly thunderstorms and heavy rain. We had a funnel cloud spotted about 25 miles north of me 2 days ago, but other then that, no real damage. We've had some bad winds though. Trees have been down.

My pasture has 2 trees. On the outside of my electric fence but still gives shade during the day. No trees inside my pasture at all.
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    06-01-2013, 10:53 AM
My pasture is old farm land so there are no trees. We have 2 lean-tos and I have always wondered if they are at risk of being hit by lightening and therefore my horses getting hit. That's my biggest fear during the summer and the reason I don't get much sleep if there is a storm. My house is up higher about 400 feet from the lean to/pastures so would the lightening hit the house instead?

The lean to was hopping the last storm we had. I made my husband come out and tighten the chains to the anchors and turn off the power in case it flipped anyways. I'm a worry wort.

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