Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Keeping horses safe from lightning.
I'm in the midst of a fantastic thunder storm. The first good one we've had in at least a decade. The rain is pouring, thunder is crashing, and the lightning is flashing. It's brilliant. =]
BUT, I started thinking about my poor horses all stranded in the barn because god forbid they get wet. Then I wonder how Gracie is doing with the thunder. It's her first real thunder. Then I wonder about the lightning... I've heard several times of horses being struck by lightning or dying from lightning striking something.
So what is the best way to keep a horse safe from lightning? When they are out in the pasture, I understand they have to fend for themselves a bit, but the pasture is surrounded by a ton of trees. But what about when they are standing in their shelter? Is the tin [?] roofing good? Or bad? I don't think we have one of those weather vane things to go on the roof...
This is just my mind working overtime. I'm not panicking, just a decent amount of worried. I just know they're inside because blanket or not, Ricci won't stand in this rain. I'll be checking on them in about half an hour before I head out to meet a friend. Just in case the lightning knocked a tree down on top of one of them. o_O
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."