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        06-26-2011, 01:14 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I would suspect that how common lightning deaths are to horses and other animals varies by where you live and the kind of storms you get. I live up in the mountains and I run for cover myself when the monsoon storms hit. I have had two near-lightning experiences myself- one where we think lightning may have hit our car or a tree above us when we were at a campground and another where I was at a friends house and lighting hit a power pole right outside the house. It's enough to make me really scared and seek shelter when the storms come.

    I know of one person who lost a horse to lightning.

    But, what really drove the point home for me was last year when we were trail riding, we saw a dead cow and her calf, still very fresh but dead under a tree and the tree had a big lighting split going down the trunk. And nearly every year, after monsoon season, I discover new lightning strike trees out on the forest.

    I do worry about my horses. I don't have a barn I can lock them in to, but they do have a metal barn/run-in shed. It would be my hope that if lightning hit and they were in the shed, maybe it would go around them the way you are safe in a car if lightning strikes. But that is just my hope. I don't know if it works that way, and who knows if the horses would be in the shed or not if lightning struck. But I think about it every monsoon season. And I say prayers when the lightning strikes close to the house that my horses are safe.
         
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        06-26-2011, 01:29 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Ok I didnt read all the other posts so sorry if it's old news.

    IT's a VERY big threat here in Florida, since we are the lightning capitol of the world. Also My mare is Terrified of storms. Was late to getting to the barn to bring her in I had to go looking for her in the pasture. When I found her she was scared stiff. Wouldn't move a hair till I put on the halter and she just slugged beside me to the barn.
         
        06-26-2011, 11:54 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    At the first rumble all horses are brought in. A friends's story of how she found her mare, under a tree with 2 feet blown off & alive, screaming, was enough to convince me.
    I don't have enough large, varied pasture to hope the horses make the right choice.
         
        06-26-2011, 02:20 PM
      #14
    Banned
    Well, I feel better about worrying about it now...as some of you worry also.

    Our horses are brought in whevever storms threaten. Either by us (we can be there in 15 minutes) or by the property owner (who doesn't work) who brings them in for us when storms pop up, even in the middle of the night. And she is there to monitor them 24/7.

    Their barn is more like a fancy garage with 6 stalls than a barn, it has hot/cold running water and a heated bathroom and tackroom.... Their stalls are rubber matted, and the bathroom/wiring ensures that any lightning strike to or near the building would be grounded. In case of fire from a strike, her or her daughter are always there to monitor them. Someone is always home.

    Their pastures, 23 acres, are either open field or surrounded by trees....not a good place to be in a storm.
         
        06-26-2011, 07:08 PM
      #15
    Banned
    If it's supposed to rain during the night, my horse Beau goes in.
         

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