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post #11 of 35 Old 06-11-2009, 02:07 PM
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Out is definately best. We had one tornado hit our barn about 10 years ago. A tree fell straight thru the middle of the barn and one stall. So if there had been a horse in there, they would have been crushed. All of the fencing was gone but luckily they stayed in one spot. Probably too scared to move. A few years ago we moved and bought more land and built our own barn. We built it so that their stalls open into their pastures. If there is a warning for bad weather we just open the barn so they can go in or out as they want.
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post #12 of 35 Old 06-11-2009, 07:06 PM
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i used to live in Dallas, TX and we always let the horses out. they're very smart animals and are capable of taking care of themselves during a storm. but locking them in a barn leaves them defenseless if a tornado hits. so i agree with the above posters. put them in if its a mild storm, but leave them out if there's any chance of damaging winds or tornados. oo and the halters with information thing is a very good idea as well.
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post #13 of 35 Old 06-11-2009, 07:16 PM
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I guess I'm the odd ball. We have one pasture thats about 7 acres with no cover, and a dry lot with run in sheds thats about 2 acres. If I know the weather is getting nasty, I bring them to the dry lot. I worry more about hail than I do anything else. One of the few times the horses will run for cover is in a hail storm.
Not much I can do about a tornado but I can protect them from getting beaten up by large hail.

ETA- to those who don't know it, if there is a tornado there is usually hail too

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post #14 of 35 Old 06-11-2009, 08:15 PM
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I agree keep them out, also while on the subject I saw somewhere the other day someone selling tags to put on the horse incase they get out when there is a storm or anything else.There are like dog tags and hook to the mane of the horse.If I remember where I saw them I will let ya'll know.

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post #15 of 35 Old 06-12-2009, 10:35 AM
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In or out is a crap shoot, so my horses' daily routine doesn't change because of tornado warnings; they come in at night regardless and go out in the morning regardless.

What does change is that I will take automotive spray paint and paint my cell phone number (with area code) on both sides of each horse.

Helps the honest person contact me quicker and deters the dishonest person from loading any stray horses that might be mine onto a trailer and hauling them to an auction for a quick 50 bucks.

I may also put their halters on with key information duct taped in a sandwich bag to the left side of the halter.

But halters can get lost, the spray painted phone number won't
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post #16 of 35 Old 06-13-2009, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by nldiaz66 View Post
I agree keep them out, also while on the subject I saw somewhere the other day someone selling tags to put on the horse incase they get out when there is a storm or anything else.There are like dog tags and hook to the mane of the horse.If I remember where I saw them I will let ya'll know.

Please do let me know. Pm me if you find the info

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post #17 of 35 Old 06-20-2009, 06:24 PM
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I have to say it like this because we have an odd dillema with our property : They go IN for thunderstorms, always - there is a cell phone tower across the street that acts as a giant lightning rod for nearly every storm - fine, except it hits the tower, then jumps to nearby trees, etc. So, they go in because when they're out in a storm, they are all bunched up together, so if one gets hit ... all of them do. They stay in for tornado watches, but if we have a warning that affects our immediate area, then my kids go to the basement with my folks, and I run to the barn to let them out. Has happened that way only 2 or 3 times in the 30+ years I've been here, and the tornadoes have almost always touched down a good couple miles or better to the east of us, so it's not a major issue most of the time.

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post #18 of 35 Old 06-20-2009, 08:24 PM
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if a tornado hits when you are asleep, or not home, the horses may not have an option. A tornado is capable of destroying fences, barns, or horses in its path. I would check that your barn roof and rafters are connected to the framing with ties that meet the latest building code, and check often that fences are as sound as can be. Then sleep peacefully knowing that you have done what you can. In the East Coast states they use nail polish to put a phone number on the hoof when warned of a hurricane. It won't get separated from the horse as a halter could be. This isn't possible with a five minute notice.
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post #19 of 35 Old 06-20-2009, 09:52 PM
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I pretty much leave them wherever they are. Often there is no time to try to change that up. We have tornado watches often in spring and summer. Usually that's the end of it. When they say take shelter that's what we do. If I think there is going to be bad weather I'd leave them out, as I do have plenty of trees and natural shelter from the elements. Heck they are all out pretty much anyway. lol

The other evening(june 15) we had a nasty storm cell trying really hard to generate a nader or 3 close around us. Horses were fiddling around out by the metal run in shed.

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post #20 of 35 Old 06-20-2009, 10:04 PM
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Great thread, and I have a question as well.

Our horses are turned out most days, and put up in their corral (where their stalls are open if they want to go in) around 7pm each evening. If a severe storm were to come through, would it be best to go ahead and open up the corral gate, or would a large corral be enough since they aren't forced to stay in their stalls?
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