My buddy died in the lowest part of the field, out in the open, no shoes, in a storm that didn't last ten minutes.
There isn't much you can do beyond bringing your horses in any event that could produce lightning.
To help ease your fears:
For as many people on here who have had it happen or had it happen to a friend(it seems like a lot from the posters on here), it is not that common I don't think. My baby was the first I've had or seen die from it, and I know of one other friend who has had it happen, personally. Considering the number of horses and horse people I know, it really is a freak accident. Lightning is the essence of random. It doesn't choose to hit what it does.
I think it seems like a lot of posters have had it happen because those who have had it happen are the ones posting. If you posted a poll with 1)I've had a horse injured/killed by lightning; 2) I know someone personally who has had a horse injured/killed by lightning(knowing just on the forums doesn't count); 3) Blessedly, none of the above. It would be my guess that 3 would be in the majority.
Even though I sadly could pick 1, I don't fear it happening again. It could tonight, but I am not afraid of it. All I can do is deal with it if it does and pray it never happens again.
I don't pray often but I pray none of you have it happen. Why it couldn't have happened to one of the tall, retired horses, or hell,even one of the expensive open broodmares, I don't know. Why did it have to happen to my short, fat, ugly, beloved, most special, wonderful baby.... it is devastating... I pray none of you have it happen.
Don't fear the unexpected. You will never stop fretting.
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