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    04-23-2010, 01:58 PM
Horses and severe weather?

I board my gelding at a pasture board facility. He is in a pasture around 100-125 acres. It is one giant pasture with wooded parts, open fields, streams, etc. There is no physical "shelter" the owner has put up, but it has so many large trees and coverage I feel he will be okay during most thunderstorms.

However, the mid-south is supposed to get very bad weather tonight and tomorrow. Straight-line winds, tornadoes, and large hail. I board him a little further north than where a majority of the severe weather is.. but I'm still worried for him.

What do you guys think? There isn't an option to put him up in a stall or take him anywhere, so I guess I'm worrying for no reason because I don't have a choice to do anything about it. I still want some two-cents though!

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    04-23-2010, 02:02 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, he's probably better off being out, imo. I prefer not to confine our horses during the spring/summer nasties as I feel they are more likely to hurt themselves if they decide to have a weather related freakout than they are to actually be hurt by the storm. They have a fairly good sense and in a setting like your horse is in he will seek the best place for him to be.
    04-23-2010, 02:09 PM
Thanks! I've heard that from many of my friends that have their own property/barns. They let their horses out into the pasture when they feel the weather is getting tornado-ish. Horses do have a good sense about them, I'm sure he will be fine. The pasture is gigantic and has so many trees, hills, and fields you can't see it all in one take. You'd need a fourwheeler or something to get around the place.
    04-23-2010, 03:13 PM
This time of year I move my horses onto a paster that only has a few light tress. They do just fine. I live in the midsouth also and we get some pretty bad storms this time of year.

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