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        06-20-2009, 10:20 PM
    I would my horses out.
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        06-21-2009, 08:14 AM
    Originally Posted by Appyt    
    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.
    I thought about you that day. A relative from Eureka sent this photo taken in ElDorado
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        06-21-2009, 08:47 AM
    Originally Posted by goldilockz    
    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?
    I would open the corral if you know it's coming.. Give them the choice.
        06-21-2009, 08:52 AM
    Vida, I got that pic too. A co-worker of a friends hub took that. Pic was taken on the east side of El Dorado from the City building lawn facing S/SW. Let me find the one my girlfriend from PA took while we peeked out the cellar door that evening. View is to the E/SE.. Basically heading to Greenwood county.
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        06-21-2009, 09:49 AM
    What do you guys do during thunder and lighting storms? My old BO would always leave them out becase she was afraid the barn would catch fire and they would all die versuses one getting struck by lighting if they're left outside. At my new barn however she always brings them inside. I don't know which is better.
        06-21-2009, 01:58 PM
    Like I'd said, I almost need to bring them in for lightning. A friend of mine had a herd get struck once and lost 3 out of 8 horses from a bolt. It's made both of us kind of paranoid.
        06-21-2009, 02:00 PM
    Lighting: Inside. Lightning kills a lot of horses
        06-21-2009, 02:07 PM
    But therein lies the dilemma. Tornado-producing thunderstorms almost always contain lightning.

    So: Bring them in for lightning, but keep them out for tornadoes. Catch 22.
        06-22-2009, 01:45 PM
    One thing I have noticed about our horses. If its really storming and pouring rain. They stand separate with their heads lowered almost to the ground. I wonder if that is an instinctual thing to make themselves as low as they can without laying down. Hmmmmm You can't hardly make ours move if its really storming, I've almost run them over in the driveway
        06-23-2009, 09:29 AM
    We had a hell of a storm the other night and with the light of lightning strikes I could see the hoses standing out there just like that heads low, butts into the wind. Most of the time they go in under the shed, but for some reason they stayed out in that storm. They must know what they are doing :)

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