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garlicbunny 06-25-2011 08:49 AM

my horse was hit by lightning and survived
Hi forum friends, My horse Dillon was struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon here in Ohio. When he didn't come up with the 2 geldings he was pastured with I thought I better check on him. I found him in the adjacent pasture laying about 30 ft on the other side of where he went through the fence. His head was down and he wasn't moving at first, when i got up closer to him he nickered to me and it broke my heart. Had to wait 45 minutes for the vet to get there so in the meantime a friend covered him with a warm blanket as he was starting to shiver and I laid at his side trying to comfort by talking to him and rubbing him.

Before the vet came, he attempted to get up but all he ended up doing was rolling about 15-20 foot. As the vet was walking up he attempted to get up again and finally did, but he was so wobbly and everyone had to quickly get out of the way. Finally he was able to wobble up closer to the barn in a nice soft pasture with lots of grass and no mud except for where the gates were. Vet said afterwards he thought he wasn't going to make it but that evening before he left he gave him a 50/50 chance. By that evening he was grazing. this happened about 4:00 or so and we stayed until after 11:00. The next day when vet came back out he was very encouraged by his progress. He was eating grass, drinking peeing and pooping.

He does however have paralysis on the left side of his face. His left ear is drooped out to the side, his eye which was darting back and forth the night it happened had stopped that and he drools out the left side of his mouth and his head tilts toward the left.
Anyways he is doing so much better, I thought the night it happened that i was going to lose my horse and even though we do not know if he will be rideable again, at least he is alive. The vet was very encouraging when he saw him the day after and he can't say when for sure but is hoping he will come out of the paraysis in 1-3 months. He has aquired the name "mr. Wobbles", but he really is a miracle horse, he loves the attention we give him and follows us around just like before. He has a hard time eating the shredded apples I gave him, they just fall out of his mouth, but all things considering he is doing very well.

He has two holes in his hooves, one on front right and one back left. He was blown through a cattle fence with barbed wire on top. The amazing thing is that he was blown low enough that his body never even touched the barbed wire across the top, but the cattle fence I think was attached to a tree busted right off the tree. He had very minor and few cuts. He is truly a miracle horse!

Sophie19 06-25-2011 08:54 AM

Wow. He must be a strong fellow.

2SCHorses 06-25-2011 09:00 AM

That is an amazing story ... it blew my mind when I read it! :shock:

I'm so happy you're horse is alive and doing better!! He must be very tough.

Is he having any trouble chewing? Did the vet tell you to do any special feed or anything? Did the farrier have to put special shoes on the hooves with holes in them?

I'm sorry it is a lot of questions, it is just that I was amazed by the story and curious what the recovery will be like. Please keep us updated and I will send good vibrations across the distance to your horse!

walkinthewalk 06-25-2011 09:31 AM

Oh my goodness, I am so happy he has survived.

I don't know of any horses that took a direct lightening hit and lived to tell about it.

Please keep a diary of his journey back to good health. I really think your story should be shared beyond this thread, if you are up for that.

The very best to you and your horse for a great recovery. He is already beating the odds.

He is a special guy and has a job to do on this earth, you just don't know what it is yet:-)

Hugs to both of you and your vet:-)

wyominggrandma 06-25-2011 10:09 AM

That is great he survived being hit. The paralisis might be caused by swelling of the nerves and such and as the swelling goes down, some might come back as your vet said. If not, you certainly have a horse with the will to live, and you have a pretty amazing story to tell.
I am curious, did he have shoes on?
We have a horrible lightening storm go through here on Thursday and the neighbor lost two cows to lightening hits. So happy your experience had a happy ending.

Beauseant 06-25-2011 11:28 AM

You have totally freaked me out now.....

We or the barn owner (private farm, no other boarders) usually brings our horses in when it storms. Or we leave them in if they are calling for storms later. I always thought "perhaps we are overreacting, being paranoid" ...... now I am not so sure.

To the OP: are you going to have your horse brought in during storms now or are you going to still let him/them out?

To everyone: how common is this really? what do you all do in regards to storms? In or out?

OP, I am so glad your horse survived....what a miracle! Keep us posted on his progress please.

MHFoundation Quarters 06-25-2011 12:32 PM

So sorry to hear that garlicbunny! It's amazing he made it. Please keep us updated on his progress. Sending lots of healing vibes & well wishes your way!

spirit88 06-25-2011 12:44 PM

WOW what a story iam glad hes doing better sending healing vibes your way.
I thought i was being crazy brining my horses in when thunder storms are in the forcast. Well i will never leave my horses out when thunder and lighting is forcast again. Two horses wear shoes so they will be in from now on if storm are coming.

Golden Horse 06-25-2011 01:45 PM

What a scary story, so glad that he is doing OK. I hope you will keep us up to date with his progress.

AlexS 06-25-2011 02:03 PM

I never would have thought that he would survive the strike.
It sounds as if you being there gave him the strength to try to get up and move back to the barn.

Hoping he continues to recover.

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