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    07-22-2010, 12:35 PM
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Kinda worried. (Possible hurricane)

Soo on the news this morning I saw that there is a tropical storm in the carribian area. The showed the possible path it would take and it's supossed to hit about 2 hrs from where I live. Now Where it "hits" means that that is where the eye of the storm is. That doesnt mean it wont affect us. Last time there was a hurricane it hit in Galveston and that's about an hour from here. People didnt have power for weeks. We have a generator so I'm not worried about that. I'm worried about my horse. If we leave (doubtful, but a possibility) we wont take them with us. I don't know what I should do with her. Should I stall her? Or let her out in the big pasture? It's 70 acres. My dad will stay because of his job, but he wont be home until after it's over. I know I should make an emergency kit in case she gets cuts or anything. Ugh. Last time we stayed and it was a level 3 hurricane wich has wind speeds of 111mph to 130mph. Only a small amount of damage to our house, but alot of people lost their homes. But, back on subject. What should I do with my horse?

Sorry about the novel. But I'll keep you updated on what it's doing and if I should even be worrying.
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    07-22-2010, 12:46 PM
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As someone who lived very near the eye of Katrina, turn her out if you cannot evacuate her. Many horses were killed here by barns that flooded when the water came in and te horses were stalled and drowned. Many others because they were stalled and unable to get away when the winds tore through and took barns down. This is one case where I would put on a halter, with tag and info like a dog, in case fences come down and turn them out. That's our plan with Flicka. The 20 at the barn where we ride are in a cinderblock structure and their property doesn't hold water. She does NOT Leave, so some are kept in (high strung ones) and the hardy ones let out.
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    07-22-2010, 01:39 PM
I live in Fl... and my horses have been through quite a few hurricanes. The best thing you can do is leave her out and let her instincts take care of her.
As Cakemom pointed out... they can drown... but not only that... with hard enough winds your barn/stall could collapse. If it does and your horse is trapped in there...
We leave all of our stalls open and the barn open to our 20 acre pasture. And let them have their choice. My moms gelding loves his stall and hates storms. But during hurricanes they all stand in the middle of the field in a close knitted circle.

But what we will do is put there "storm" halters on. They are breakaway halters with Mine, My Mothers, My Stepdads and Grandfathers Phone number.
    07-22-2010, 01:41 PM
^^^I agree fully. I wouldn't leave either of my horses inside where they couldn't get out of the way of danger. IMO...Good answer cakemom!
    07-22-2010, 01:46 PM
Instead of a tag that can fall off we used to get a cheapo or old halter and get a tube of "puff paint" and write the horses name your name and contact info on the halter and leave it on while turned out in he hurricane. That way the info cannot get lost in the storm. Also if you do have to leave make sure you have a picture or two of what she looks like that clearly shows any unique markings brands etc. if she is chipped write doen her chip number. Just in case.
    07-22-2010, 02:02 PM
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Good idea about the paint. Flicks is chipped, as are each of my dogs. Katrina was bad enough here to make us have a serious plan.
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    07-22-2010, 02:14 PM
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Thanks yall. It's most likely not going to be a big storm but it got me thinking about the possible storms in the future. When it floods here we have some spots that are built up so they stay prety dry. But you never know. Thanks for your responses.

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