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post #1 of 12 Old 02-24-2012, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Question Big storm-escaping horses????

so the other night there was a big thunderstorm at night. The horse in the pasture with my horse gets nervous really easily. The next morning we get a call from the BO, they found about 500ft of electric fence down between 2 pastures with 3 large poles ripped out of the ground! My horse was found grazing right next to the barn then my friends horse was found int he pasture next to my horses pasture! Then we found the fence stretched all the way across the other pasture then a second fence dystroyed!! My horse doesn't mind thunderstorms and they think that the other horse broke down the fence when he got scared of the lighting and thunder form the storm. Neither of the horses were hurt but they were coated in mud, the only injury was my firends horse he got 2 very small puncture wounds on the inside of his leg and a small cut on the outside! Is it possible for the horses to have caused that much damage and come away unscaved?? How can we prevent this in the future!?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-24-2012, 10:55 AM
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Just curious, why were they out during such a big thunderstorm?

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Just curious, why were they out during such a big thunderstorm?
Why not?
As long as the horses had access to shelter, there is no need to confine them inside a barn just because there is a storm. Even with the horse having a history of "getting nervous easily" - that does not specify that the issues are specifically storm related or that there was an indication that the horse might go to this extreme. I would even go so far as to offer that a horse that does become anxious, reactive, etc in a storm would be at risk of doing more damage and harm to themselves locked into a stall than in an open area.
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Why not?
As long as the horses had access to shelter, there is no need to confine them inside a barn just because there is a storm. Even with the horse having a history of "getting nervous easily" - that does not specify that the issues are specifically storm related or that there was an indication that the horse might go to this extreme. I would even go so far as to offer that a horse that does become anxious, reactive, etc in a storm would be at risk of doing more damage and harm to themselves locked into a stall than in an open area.
That was why I asked. :) Didn't want to jump to any conclusions.

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-24-2012, 11:52 AM
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short answer... yes they can cause that much damage and be practically cut free... :)

Hope the owner can help the horse with his anxiety some how
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Also with metal barns/roofs getting more popular, outside is better for a lot of horses, chances are there was lightning as well as thunder.

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Really? So many horses are killed every year from being struck by lightning, not to mention being impaled by debri. People on this forum have had horses struck by lightning. Being inside a building with a metal roof is safer than standing out in a field.
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If the horse ran through the fence I would stall him. Danger to drivers if he got on the road. Get lightening rods for the barn.

Now if there was a tornado coming I'd let them out. The barn could collapse and kill the horses. My first horse was killed by a tornado though and she was turned out in pasture. The barn also collapsed, and her coral was a twisted mangled pile of debris. So there was really no saving her.

Hope you can keep them safe, it's a tricky situation.

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Well, when inside the metal building and it is struck by lightning, there is usually a loud boom and your hair stands up, and blah blah blah. If I was a horse, that sound would definitively make me go crazy, I have heard metal buildings being hit by lightning and it is LOUD. And who knows what would happen if the horse touches the metal wall where it isn't protected by wood or something...

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Well, when inside the metal building and it is struck by lightning, there is usually a loud boom and your hair stands up, and blah blah blah. If I was a horse, that sound would definitively make me go crazy, I have heard metal buildings being hit by lightning and it is LOUD. And who knows what would happen if the horse touches the metal wall where it isn't protected by wood or something...
Still, I'd rather have my horse scared senseless than struck by lightning.
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