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    03-18-2013, 01:11 AM
  #1
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Equine in Tornado Weather??

Ive always turned them out in the pasture when a tornado is in our midst-- what are some opinions on the safest thing for your equine?

Turn your horse(s) out to pasture.

Keep your horse(s) stalled.

Trailer your horse(s) out of the vicinity.

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    03-18-2013, 07:42 AM
  #2
Green Broke
I do not change my routine.

Mine come in at night and out in the daytime.

I am fortunate to have a fair amount of acreage so, during the day, my alpha leader will gather the herd to a place he deems safe from storms.

I have seen him do some phenominal maneuvering on the days we've had more than one big storm come thru.

I am also fortunate to be retired; if I see him bringing everyone to the barn, which is rare, I put everyone in.


I have watched storm clouds merge together, into a tornado, then head east into the next county. I have been at the barn and had the hair stand up on my neck and arms from the vacuum of a tornado that went right over the top of us into the next county. That happened one mid-morning before I got the horses turned out

There are no exceptions at night - they all come in.

In or out is a roll of the dice. Outside could be the safest thing this time, yet get them killed the next.

Go with your gut
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    03-18-2013, 07:48 AM
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Green Broke
Our horses typically have free-choice access to the back pastures plus to the barn so they can pick where they want to be. Thankfully our back pasture is really low-lying ground so they tend to go down there when there are high winds present.
     
    03-18-2013, 09:16 AM
  #4
Weanling
I would turn them out if their pasture was big enough, most horses will do their best to stay away from it. If I don't have big fields then they would stay in.
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    03-18-2013, 05:02 PM
  #5
Green Broke
As Fate would have it, my county was under a Tornado Warning this morning.

Not a Watch but a Warning and there were touch downs north of me. Good Ole Hughes.net even went down for a time - just like I knew it would

We are still under a Severe storm warning. The lightening wasn't close enough to sizzle but the resulting thunder rattled stuff on the end table by the window

Anyway, the tornado warning came across the barn radio. We had already had two rounds of lightening and pouring rain but were in a lull at that point.

It was nearly noon and The Boys had been in since 7:15 the night before.

I trust my alpha to do the right thing, so I let them out.

Sure enough he kept everyone up by the barn for about 15 minutes until he did his own weather mapping, then slowly moved them into the main pasture near what I call The Bowl.

The Bowl is so wide and deep, I can't see the four of them when they get down in there. Our old farm tractor has a "lid" and when it's dead center at the bottom of the bowl, I can't see it.

The Boys have a grazing routine and near The Bowl is not the first stop of their day. The Alpha (who is my avatar by the way will take them over to either one of the high pastures this time of year. Grass is taller, greener, and it's cooler over there; we've been near 70 and they have a lot of winter hair.

They finally went over to the marsh area to graze but it started pouring rain and lightening, so the Alpha brought everyone back to the barn.

Duke, the alpha, and one other horse are in the barn, the other two are under the overhang and that's where they have been for over two hours.

Duke won't come to the barn in a warm pouring rain but we started out at 64 degrees at 5:30 AM and we're slowly heading down to 38 degrees tonight. Meaning they are soaked thru all that hair and the rain is cold, so he brought everyone up.

I might also add Duke is now 25 with Equine Metabolic Syndrome. While he still leads the herd in the same stellar fashion he always has, he gets colder now and so does his BFF of 20 years, my 27 yr old Arab.

If the two Elders don't want to be in the rain, they have earned the right to hang out at the bar (I meant to say bar:) all day and reminisce about the Good Ole Days

The 17 & 18 yr olds would stay out in the rain but they respectfully stay with the two elders, who are first and second-in-command.

Didn't mean to write a book. Just wanted to share some herd dynamics for the folks that aren't privileged to be able to watch it in action.

I never stop being star-struck at how "it all works", and it has helped me understand how to be their leader when I am at the barn.

Studying herd dynamics is a great learning tool. I think many (not all) folks could save a lot of money on books and DVD's if they have a herd and take the time to watch the interaction
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    03-18-2013, 05:22 PM
  #6
Trained
I somewhat agree with letting them do what they want.

If a tornado is for sure headed your way, of course take shelter for yourself first!
If you do have time turn them out in a large clear pasture if possible.
Do NOT allow turnout around trees.
Remember to get a breakaway halter or ID collar on them asap, or as some do spray paint your number on their side.

I lost the love of my life to a tornado. Really the only thing you can do is pray.
I hesitate to say turn them loose 100% (only if you live in the boonies), but if I could go back in time...
     
    03-18-2013, 09:35 PM
  #7
Banned
Wev Had tornado warnings and my horses were in the barn I don't really have much choice don't have a big pasture. Plus we have alot of trees every where and we are right next to a buzy highway. So wouldnt want my horses to endup on the highway so it in the barn and hope for the best. One tornado warning we had we got golf ball size hail and tree branches and other debre was flying around. Horses were in the barn that time and iam glad they were. The barn was undamaged only some dings in the tin from the hail.
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    03-18-2013, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
As Fate would have it, my county was under a Tornado Warning this morning.

Not a Watch but a Warning and there were touch downs north of me. Good Ole Hughes.net even went down for a time - just like I knew it would

We are still under a Severe storm warning. The lightening wasn't close enough to sizzle but the resulting thunder rattled stuff on the end table by the window

Anyway, the tornado warning came across the barn radio. We had already had two rounds of lightening and pouring rain but were in a lull at that point.

It was nearly noon and The Boys had been in since 7:15 the night before.

I trust my alpha to do the right thing, so I let them out.

Sure enough he kept everyone up by the barn for about 15 minutes until he did his own weather mapping, then slowly moved them into the main pasture near what I call The Bowl.

The Bowl is so wide and deep, I can't see the four of them when they get down in there. Our old farm tractor has a "lid" and when it's dead center at the bottom of the bowl, I can't see it.

The Boys have a grazing routine and near The Bowl is not the first stop of their day. The Alpha (who is my avatar by the way will take them over to either one of the high pastures this time of year. Grass is taller, greener, and it's cooler over there; we've been near 70 and they have a lot of winter hair.

They finally went over to the marsh area to graze but it started pouring rain and lightening, so the Alpha brought everyone back to the barn.

Duke, the alpha, and one other horse are in the barn, the other two are under the overhang and that's where they have been for over two hours.

Duke won't come to the barn in a warm pouring rain but we started out at 64 degrees at 5:30 AM and we're slowly heading down to 38 degrees tonight. Meaning they are soaked thru all that hair and the rain is cold, so he brought everyone up.

I might also add Duke is now 25 with Equine Metabolic Syndrome. While he still leads the herd in the same stellar fashion he always has, he gets colder now and so does his BFF of 20 years, my 27 yr old Arab.

If the two Elders don't want to be in the rain, they have earned the right to hang out at the bar (I meant to say bar:) all day and reminisce about the Good Ole Days

The 17 & 18 yr olds would stay out in the rain but they respectfully stay with the two elders, who are first and second-in-command.

Didn't mean to write a book. Just wanted to share some herd dynamics for the folks that aren't privileged to be able to watch it in action.

I never stop being star-struck at how "it all works", and it has helped me understand how to be their leader when I am at the barn.

Studying herd dynamics is a great learning tool. I think many (not all) folks could save a lot of money on books and DVD's if they have a herd and take the time to watch the interaction

Seriously-- will you adopt me? You must live in my county.. I live in Marshall.

Our lil area around where I live is turning into a huge horse area since we put ours out here.. Kinda Excited to be surrounded by all the new horses.. I feel like a Kid in a Candy Store..
I also love to watch the Herd Behavior-- We have 2 as of now, but I plan on getting at least one more. We have our Dominant Gelding, and our Super Submissive-- Bottom of the totem poll mare.. its quite interesting to watch the two.

Did you see, there was a tornado that tore down someones big red barn, and trailer house? It was on the news earlier-- no one was hurt, but scary situation. I thought it was only a "watch" as well.
     
    03-18-2013, 11:42 PM
  #9
Green Broke
We leave our's turned out but we do have 17 acres of open pasture with a row of trees on one side of fencing.

We had very bad weather here tonight. Tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and up to 70mph winds. I didn't lose power because our place is the only house on a line from the power station but the number of homes that lost power was at 10,000 last I saw on the news earlier. Scary stuff!
     
    03-18-2013, 11:49 PM
  #10
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If we are for sure getting hit by a tornado, we will open the gate. As does most people around here. But we only have one every 50yrs or so.
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