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post #1 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Aaaaah! So nervous right now.

So it is my new horse's first night home... well, not my home, but at the boarders. And of course, we have the rain/thunder/hail/wind storm of the year moving in. I can't exactly go up there and camp out, so how on earth do I stop worrying so much? She has a big pasture all to herself, and a large stall that she can freely run in and out of. The pasture has trees on 3 sides and a house on the fourth. But I am so worried that she'll be afraid of the stall, since it's new. Or she'll get spooked and go over/through the fence. Or about 1000 other bad things I can think of! I wish I had waited to bring her home, but I didn't realize the weather was supposed to be this bad... What if something happens to my baby before I even get to know her?!
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 06:25 PM
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Horses live outside. They spend their lives in rain, storms, sunshine etc.

It's not an ideal situation, especially because she's alone, but there isn't anything you can do about it, so its not use worry. Worry is good for solving problems, but if there is no solution there shouldn't be any worry.

She should be okay, she probably won't go in the stall, but just buckle down with her bum towards the wind.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 06:27 PM
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Tell yourself that you're a human and she's a horse. While you are worrying yourself sick, she's probably standing outside grazing enjoying the free shower. My guy is out 24/7. I stopped worrying years ago.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 06:43 PM
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She will be fine. :) Remind yourself that she has experienced storms many times before. It sounds like she has a nice set up. Don't worry!

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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She will be fine. :) Remind yourself that she has experienced storms many times before. It sounds like she has a nice set up. Don't worry!
Well part of the reason I was worried was that, since she was rescued 2 years ago, she's been brought into a stall every time it even looked like rain... But before that she spent the first 4 years of her life outside 24/7 so hopefully she remembers that time.

Anyway, thank you guys for the reassurances. The worst of the storm stayed north and south of us, all we got was rain. Only one or two rolls of thunder, and now it is mostly over!

The barn owner also emailed me to say that his teenage son has been going outside ever 10 minutes to make sure she's ok and try to convince her to come into the barn. Apparently he's never been very interested in horses, but my girl won him over already. She's good at that!
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It was a pretty wicked storm. A lot of time my horse stays outside whatever the weather (he likes that better than being stalled up) but I saw that storm and decided I didn't want him out in it. It was supposed to (and did) hit right at dusk, and IMO there was too much risk of hail or debris flying around in the air and causing trouble for him. So I went by the barn and brought him in myself because the BO was away. If he had a run-in I wouldn't have been as concerned - they don't need to be taught to come in out of the rain. :)

Is this your first horse? If so, get used to the non-stop paranoia about the various things that can happen to your horse. It slakes off for a bit, but in my experience, at least, it never truly "stops". I think new horses ought to come with a bottle of valium for the owner...
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-08-2012, 09:37 PM
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Many, Many horses prefer to be outside in thunder storms because they feel like they can 'get away'. I had a couple horses who would be terrified in their stalls, but outside didn't even care.

Glad to hear all is well :) Welcome to the forum!
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It was a pretty wicked storm. A lot of time my horse stays outside whatever the weather (he likes that better than being stalled up) but I saw that storm and decided I didn't want him out in it. It was supposed to (and did) hit right at dusk, and IMO there was too much risk of hail or debris flying around in the air and causing trouble for him. So I went by the barn and brought him in myself because the BO was away. If he had a run-in I wouldn't have been as concerned - they don't need to be taught to come in out of the rain. :)

Is this your first horse? If so, get used to the non-stop paranoia about the various things that can happen to your horse. It slakes off for a bit, but in my experience, at least, it never truly "stops". I think new horses ought to come with a bottle of valium for the owner...
This, I've spent the whole afternoon worrying about my new horse as well.. but for different reasons. I'm sure your girl will be fine, the horses at my barn are always outside (unless the owners want them in at a certain time) unless the weather is really cold. I think it just gets to a point where you have to tell yourself that horses will be horses.. and horses tend to be somewhat accident-prone, but just to enjoy your horse to the fullest. :)
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