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  • Is it better to keep horses out in shed or locked up in barn during a hurricane
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    10-27-2012, 07:24 PM
  #1
Foal
Hurricane Sandy

I was wondering what people were doing with their horses? I have a TB and a Chinocoteague pony - I know a lot of people say that the horses are safer outside, but I'm afraid it will get too cold for my TB. He is middle aged and has the typical thinner coat. He is also more docile so I think he will be kicked out of the run in shed and left out in the rain and wind. They are both currently on field board that has an open field that is lined with trees, attached to a small pen with a run in shed which comes out of the barn. The pony has a thick coat, so I am not as worried about him, but I still don't like the idea of him being outside.

Should I get stalls for the two of them or leave them out with blankets on?
     
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    10-27-2012, 08:14 PM
  #2
Trained
Most seem to think they are safer not confined in a barn. I would say blankets and outside. Put your contact info either on a halter tag or on their blankets just in case. My TB is out 24/7. He's been fine during the other storms.
     
    10-28-2012, 06:51 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I'd say there is a chance of a downed fence ect due to high winds and falling tree's/limbs.

Make sure you put a name tag on each halter.

If they have a run in shed they can get in out of the rain if they want to.

Hunker down......looks nasty....good luck.
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    10-28-2012, 08:03 AM
  #4
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It isn't going to be that cold. Leave the blankets off. Nothing more miserable than a horse in a wet blanket. If he wants to go in he will. I have one that isn't into controversy over run in spots too and when the weather is nasty she goes inside.

I've also seen them head for the middle of the field if trees start coming down. None near the barn but they prefer to be able to see it.

They also know when the river has hopped the banks long before I do. I watched it flash flood once out there. I was watching a storm pass over from the back porch. Horses had gone inside because it was a nasty one. I saw one mare put her head out listening, followed by another. Suddenly the lead mare shot out of the barn and headed to an area of high ground near the back. Within minutes I heard the water and saw a wave several inches deep pass through the field.

I may stop at Walmart and get some waterproof luggage tags on the way home from work today. Knot them into a small lock of mane. I probably wont be able to stand the crowds. Mine wont go far if they get out anyway. They usually come up the road and into the back yard and stare in my windows.
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    10-28-2012, 08:06 AM
  #5
Super Moderator
There's a big thread on this very subject in "Horse Talk". You might pick up some tips there

Horses and Hurricanes... O.o ...prep?

One of the things you might consider, especially if you're right in Sandy's path, is to spray paint your cell phone number, with area code, on both sides of each horse.

A Katrina rescuer said it would have made things a lot easier, in trying to find the owners of horses.

Automotive paint works great, won't wash off and will NOT hurt the horse --

The worst is they will look like auction horses until the paint comes off but at least you know they can be quickly returned if they get off the farm.

While I agree with taping information to a halter, halters often get off the horse in a wild escape but the paint won't.

As far as "in" or "out"? It's a crap shoot. We live in an area that sees a lot of straight-line winds and horrendous lightening storms.

I keep the horse routine the same, regardless of weather; in at night, out in the daytime.

Their favorite fence row tree to stand under got wiped out by lightening in a night storm, last Spring. The odds are good they'd've been under it had I left them out. The odds are good I'd've lost all four of them, since that ancient oak came crashing across the fence in our direction

If you're deep into the path of this gawrsh-awful storm, go with your instincts, Pray, and hold your breath. This is going to be a rough and history making ride for many folks
     
    10-28-2012, 08:14 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
It isn't going to be that cold. Leave the blankets off. Nothing more miserable than a horse in a wet blanket. If he wants to go in he will. I have one that isn't into controversy over run in spots too and when the weather is nasty she goes inside.

I've also seen them head for the middle of the field if trees start coming down. None near the barn but they prefer to be able to see it.

They also know when the river has hopped the banks long before I do. I watched it flash flood once out there. I was watching a storm pass over from the back porch. Horses had gone inside because it was a nasty one. I saw one mare put her head out listening, followed by another. Suddenly the lead mare shot out of the barn and headed to an area of high ground near the back. Within minutes I heard the water and saw a wave several inches deep pass through the field.

I may stop at Walmart and get some waterproof luggage tags on the way home from work today. Knot them into a small lock of mane. I probably wont be able to stand the crowds. Mine wont go far if they get out anyway. They usually come up the road and into the back yard and stare in my windows.
You have got a fantastic lead horse; herd dynamics is awesome to watch when there's a weather crisis. I have known storms are coming well ahead of the visual, just by watching my lead horse

No, you won't like WalMart.

He stopped after he got off work at noon on Saturday, so you know what that was like. We're a long way from the devastating harm of this storm but noon on Saturday combined with folks stocking up in case we might lose power ---his Hypertensive Type A self was really happppaaaaayyyy when he finally got home
     
    10-28-2012, 08:44 AM
  #7
Started
I love watching the horses interact. When I had 6 out there of varying ages it was amazing. When there was a perceived threat the old pony mare would lead the direction of travel, my old studly gelding would bring up the rear and make sure the two fillies kept moving with the herd. Old Herbie the Handsome, a donk, would hang with the gelding providing backup or calling him stupid as the case would be.

I'm not afraid of the wind. My power goes out all the time. The water on the other hand has got me nervous. I'm on the south fork of the Baker River and it's a flashy, flooding little river. It surrounds me on two sides with a small beaver brook on another. I'm pretty sure I'll become an island again. 3 inches is enough to do it.

Walmart probably is a bad idea. I will most likely look at the parking lot and turn around. Maybe a little funky colored nail polish on a hoof with my phone # is a better idea. My daughter has tons and I might even get her to do it while I'm at work.
     
    10-28-2012, 10:32 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Got any old dog collars with name and address on them?

I think the paint if a very good idea....

By the way.....we'll be waiting on your post after the storm clears.....
     
    10-29-2012, 09:25 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
You have got a fantastic lead horse; herd dynamics is awesome to watch when there's a weather crisis. I have known storms are coming well ahead of the visual, just by watching my lead horse

No, you won't like WalMart.

He stopped after he got off work at noon on Saturday, so you know what that was like. We're a long way from the devastating harm of this storm but noon on Saturday combined with folks stocking up in case we might lose power ---his Hypertensive Type A self was really happppaaaaayyyy when he finally got home
my lead horse was FREAKED last night he was whinnying and galloping by the fence that leads to higher ground which unfortunately we do not have access to higher ground as the farmer doesn't let us even trail ride up there. Any ideas on how to keep him calm? He was a little dangerous last night. Thank goodness for the old one, he was the only thing keeping Crescent IN the pasture. We live an hour from washington DC so we are supposed to get hit pretty good. We don't even have any hay as the farmers were all sooo busy to deliver any hopefully our 1 square bale will be enough for today!

Any ideas would be great. I don't like the idea of tranquilizing him. He does get quite anxious when there is any regular storm but I have never seen him acting like this!
     
    10-29-2012, 09:27 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
You have got a fantastic lead horse; herd dynamics is awesome to watch when there's a weather crisis. I have known storms are coming well ahead of the visual, just by watching my lead horse

No, you won't like WalMart.

He stopped after he got off work at noon on Saturday, so you know what that was like. We're a long way from the devastating harm of this storm but noon on Saturday combined with folks stocking up in case we might lose power ---his Hypertensive Type A self was really happppaaaaayyyy when he finally got home
we are really near were its supposed to hit! My parents are NOT taking this seriously. I have lined up evacuation barns, I need to make packets with email, phone number, and vet phone number to attach to their halters as it is VERY likely our fence will blow down as its just an piece of white electric fence attatched to a T post.
     

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