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  • Best place for horses during a storm
  • Horses out or in during high wind storms

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    06-01-2013, 11:12 AM
OP, I also live in Michigan. I'm usually the judge whether our horses stay outside or inside during a storm. If its a blizzard, they are always put inside with lots of sawdust and hay to eat to stay warm.

Now if it is a thunderstorm, I kind of decide differently. If the storm has HIGH winds, I leave them out, since I just get scared if the barn could possible come down, the windows break, etc etc. Just my inner safety concern I guess. Regular thunder storms I bring them in.

I think my ultimate deciding factor is on our youngest horse, since once before he spooked at something and ran through his sliding door and got trapped between the door and wall. I just really wouldn't want high winds to make odd noises and spook him. Also, during 4th of july I generally leave them out because of all the fireworks going off, just in case.

Hope this helps! Michigan's weather can get absolutely wretched sometimes!
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    06-01-2013, 11:19 AM
With on the topic of bad weather, how many have engraved name plates with phone numbers and owner's last name and initial? The lack of ID means lost horses can't be tracked. It's best to put them on a leather halter. On horses withstanding storms. Horses have thicker hide on their butts to help them withstand wind and rain/hail. Mine will come out of the trees or the barn to stand in the open during a storm.
    06-01-2013, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
This subject gets run up and down the flag pole several times a season

Go with your gut.

Mine have always come in at night, out in the daytime, 365 days/yr. Unless the weather is so horribly miserable, they stay in their stalls when I open their doors.

I also have 22 acres and an uncannily astute alpha horse. So astute I have watched him gather his herd in two different places, twice in the same day for two separate storms. And he was spot on both times.

I also worry about lightening but my horses can get hit by lightening easier than the barn can get hit. So far, over 9+ years, lightening has taken out 3 or 4 100 yr old oak trees right on the boundary lines

We're several hundred feet below the ridge, where most of those trees live, and the lightening seems happy to stay up there and cause mayhem --- so far-------------

According to the Weather Channel, my area is a "Tor Con Rating of 4" as I write this, and they're pretty sure that will go up as the day progresses. My horses are out and will stay out unless I see the alpha guy taking the others to the barn After 22+ years of being my trusty trail horse and the lead horse in the pasture, I trust his judgment more than I trust most of the human population - lol lol
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    06-01-2013, 02:04 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
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
Well, he IS a very helpful horse..........SNORT!
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    06-01-2013, 02:36 PM
Claporte, I don't think I was the one who posted about more tornadoes coming and putting the horses inside. Probably one of the other texas thread members.
I don't have anywhere to put them in an enclosed shelter. Either here or at the farm. Shalom
    06-01-2013, 02:43 PM
My horses stay out year round. I'm fortunate that North Carolina doesn't have terrible winters, nor a huge tornado threat. When I first got my horse (he's my first) I called the BO the first time there was the threat of rain. He reminded me that when it's hot, the rain can be a relief, and to relax. Now it's not uncommon for me to see them in a thunderstorm still picking at hay.
    06-01-2013, 11:38 PM
We bring our horses in barns for hurricanes, we've not yet lost a horse in a barn but dozens of horses who are left out have been hurt or killed by flying debris and can end up loose if a tree takes down a fence. Hundreds of horses were stolen after Andrew and Katrina when they got loose and ended up gone. We had "rescues" take in horses after Katrina and never return them to their rightful owners.

If things look real bad we evacuate with the horses *knock on wood* we've not yet have to evacuate yet but we have route and safe places to go.

Honesty, a barn is normally the safest place for horses during really bad weather especially wind events. You never want to see a horse who had been hit by flying debris which is honestly the biggest threat during wind events.
    06-02-2013, 12:11 AM
I live in cattle country which means lots of barbed wire fences. I have field wire and hot wire on my place but all around me is 4 and 5 strand barb wire. If my horses ran through those fences, they'd be torn to shreds. That's one of the considerations for bringing them in. I've seen what happens when a horse spooks through barb wire and it's not pretty. Cost a friend of mine's gelding an eye in addition to several really deep, ugly wounds caused by the wire. It was pretty chilling to look at him.
    06-02-2013, 01:49 AM
Green Broke
We stall during nasty weather. We stall at night in a daily basis so the horses at the barn love their stalls and view them as a safe place. Not at all uncommon during a massive wind/hail/rain storm to find all the horses lying down and sleeping in their stalls.

Flying debris is my worst fear. Living near the Wyoming border massive winds are normal around here and EVERYTHING goes a flying so when storms come in, it's insane!

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