Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I hate telling this story,
I lost my first horse to a tornado. We had moved and taken our horses with us and left Sky at my parents house, we were weaning her foal and it was overdue. A tornado came through, 1st one ever in Bentonville AR to record and caught everyone by surprise. I was on the phone with my mom as it blew through the middle of the neighbors house, turned and went just right of my parents house. I was in hysterics, for my mom, and only after it passed did I realize that Sky could have been in danger... They found her in the pasture with a broken leg.
The tornado missed a pretty prestigious horse facility just down the road but the wind only took out their fences and there were horses all over the place. None of them had halters on and it was search and rescue at that point for people and livestock. Sky was the only one killed but the other horses were cut up, thankfully they stayed close to their barn. I think haltering before a storm would be wise with an ID tag on it. But in a situation like this you will be working with the police and neighbors to find people and animals alike. A short description works fine. Also, I would put a nylon halter on him. You don't know where he could end up, what state he would be in, and whomever found him would need to be able to catch/hold him securely. A chip would work too, but you have to remember that a vet would take hours to get to the scene so chipping would take forever to ID, but would be good if your horse was ever stolen, got loose etc....
If I were you I would take care of yourself first, and if it was 100% eminent that one would cross your path I'd let him loose to run. Sky had nowhere to go except her beautiful tree lined pasture. I miss her soo much.