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post #1 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Is it good/ok to ride in thunderstorms?

I would automatically assume that it wouldn't be good due to safety reasons, but some people out there are probably more crazy and ballsy than me. I guess I just want an overview of what you would think about riding in a thunderstorm (in the arena) and if you have ever done it.

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 10:27 AM
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I have. Started pouring in the middle of a ride, and I wasn't getting off until my point was made. However, once the lightning started I was off in a heartbeat and heading in. Depends on the horse, the situation, and I guess whether it was a fun ride or you were trying to accomplish something.

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That sounds like me lol. I've rode in the rain but not a thunderstorm. I guess if it started thundering I wouldn't quite get off unless she got real scared, but like you said, if it started lightening, I'd be off in a heartbeat as well. Thanks for your input darlin'.

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post #4 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 10:58 AM
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I love riding in the rain, but thunder is completely different! I knew a lady whose horse was struck and killed by lightning! And something about the change in air pressure makes most animals instinctively nervous.
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 11:04 AM
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I have for sure ridden in the rain with thunder booming off in the distance. As soon as the lightening starts near enough that I can notice it I am out of there.

We frequently get storms off over the lake that you can hear but are no real imminent threat.
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post #6 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 11:44 AM
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I personally would never ride in a thunderstorm, but I wouldn't want to be outside at all if there was a thunderstorm. I have a fear of tornado's, and thunderstorms make me think they'll be a tornado.

And one time there was!

My barn was holding a clinic and a tornado went by... everyone was in the indoor and I saw it and starting calling my BO "AHHHHH!!! TORNADO!!!!"

I was with my brother at the time and I was freaking out, and his response was "that's not a tornado!"

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post #7 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 11:56 AM
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Riding in the rain? Sure. A thunderstorm? Oh heck no!

I have synthetic tack (except for my bridles), so getting caught in the rain is no biggie for me. The horse and I aren't going to drown.

Lightning though, I'm not that foolish to venture out into willingly.

We got caught in a thunderstorm when we were riding in the Grand Tetons, and let me tell you, THAT was a hair raising experience! Thunderstorms are really, really close when you're riding at 6,000 feet!

We took shelter in a deserted hunting camp, although we left the horses tied outside. I fretted about it, but we couldn't bring them into the tents.
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 07:39 PM
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Is it okay/good to ride in a thunderstorm? Well, that depends. Since lightening strikes the highest point, are you on the tallest horse or is your friend you're riding with on the tallest horse? LOL! Sorry couldn't resist!

I absolutely do not ride in thunderstorms. I do not kayak in thunderstorms. I do not do much of anything in thunderstorms. Lightening scares the bajeezies out of me!

Riding in the rain is fine. I did get caught once up north, with friends , riding up a mountainside and suddenly all H*LL broke loose. Wind picked up, dark clouds, thunder, skies opened on us and than, gulp, that flash of lightening. Turned right around, put T in an extended trott and off I went. Didn't take long for the others to turn, but only one caught up to me and T and they had to canter to do it. Yup, I have very strong survival instincts! Didn't faze T, but me, absolutely.

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post #9 of 21 Old 04-16-2010, 07:47 PM
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that brings back great memorys... i had my best ride ever on my old horse in the outdoor ring in a major thunderstorm, haha the thunder was so loud i couldnt hear the test reader! there was no lightning(they would cancel it if there was) just thunder. and pouring rain, haha everyone was standing under the bleachers trying to find cover XD i think we shoulda gotten a few extra marks for ridingin that storm, haha.

theres been plenty of times ive ridden in thunderstorms, no lighting, but thunder. its never bothered any of my horses... and i live in alberta so theres very rarely a tornado warning. i dont lik,e riding when its windy anyway.

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Its been raining off and on here all day. Not a thunder head in sight so yep, we went riding. If it had even been in the forecast we would have stayed home. We check The weather channels web site before we go if its even cloudy this time of year.....Tornado season YIKES!

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