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post #11 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 02:48 PM
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952 View Post
I live in TX., near the coast, and right smack in the middle of hurricane country. I was wondering what do others do with their horses in really bad weather? Stall them, which seems dangerous to me, or leave them out, which doesn't sound great either.
I bring my horses in if its bad enough thunder, otherwise they stay outside. Our weather changes so frequently that they adapt pretty well.
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post #13 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 03:51 PM
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We do not bring our horses in during bad weather, however my uncle has lost 5 horses in the last 10 years due to lightening. Our pastures has many large trees so instead of going to the barn the horses would go to the trees, lightening would strike and kill his horse.
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post #14 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 04:40 PM
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I dont have a barn right now but my horses have a run in. Even with it they are usually outside in storms unless there is lightning. Even if I did have a barn, they would be outside with a run in available. If I know theres a storm coming they get their breakaway halters with name tags put on (I get them done at the pet store, the large size dog ones) I also turn off my electric fence so they can run it if they please. I just have that thin braided rope type wire and I know it breaks. if my horse ran out of hay at night he used to paw at it by the gate and break it then crawl under. I would wake up with him by my bedroom window waiting for breakfast. He did that for about a week until I got a higher voltage fencer lol.

I was boarding at a barn one year and there was a bad storm that blew through. I remember driving out there the next morning. When I arrived a good chunk of the roof had come flying off, there were trees all over, broken fences and even some of the run ins were tossed into other fields. The part of the roof that came off was over my horses stall. I was extremely lucky, they had him inside of it but he didnt get hurt. After that, I will not confine a horse to a stall during storms.
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post #15 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 04:56 PM
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I've also experienced another We lost everything in a barn fire about a year and a half ago, except the horses. They were out in the field. Thank goodness it happened in the middle of the day when they are out anyway. When we rebuilt, we decided to go with a gigantic shop for my husband and the back end is walled off for my hay and tack area and then the last 20 feet of roof is an open 3 wall overhang for the horses. This way they can decide what they want to do in an emergency but there is plenty of space and height for wind, cold and rainy weather protection. I don't want to think about what would have happened if my horses had been in stalls because we weren't home when the fire happened. Our black lab, who WAS in the building in a kennel, was not so fortunate. :(
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by QtrBel View Post
We halter them and in sheep paint or grease paint write our name and phone number on them. They stay in the field. To date we've never had them leave the property even with downed fences during a hurricane. They know where they are fed and staying close is their priority.
Similar here in NC, also a hurricane alley. Halters w/phone #s and left out. BTW, they choose to stay out, huddle together, heads down, butts into the wind/rain.
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post #17 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 06:57 PM
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Im not far from you ( the OP) and used to be closer, I grew up in the Beaumont area. We turn them out, mark them with name, address, and phone number in livestock marker (essentially a big grease pencil). we had 3 hurricanes in 5 years in the not too distant past (Katrina, Rita, and Ike), so we got very well versed in horse hurricane practices.
Have an evacuation plan in place, but dont rely on it. I-45 through Huntsville became a parking lot. Im talking going 100 yards in 2 hrs.
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post #18 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 07:10 PM
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Horses evolved on the open plains so instinct should kick in if they are left outside. They turn tail to the wind and wait it out.
MY horses prefer the trees in low lying areas instead of the run in sheds provided for them. Shalom
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, the thought of trapping them in terrified me.
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-24-2013, 08:59 PM
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Yep leave them out. Being trapped in a stall and unable to escape is unfair.
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