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post #1 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Man we are having some storms a brewing this evening. Who leaves there horse in stalls or out during storms? I used to keep my in until I have a friend lose her horse in a fire, so i'm leery about leaving my horses in the stalls during a storm and lighting.

I figured they have a better chance of surviving being outside.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 08:23 PM
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When hurricanes come through here in Florida we always keep them out in the biggest field possible. They can naturally take care of themselves better than being confined in a stall, where a powerful storm could just as easily wreck the barn and trap them. We also weave dog tags with contact information into their manes in the event a fence was damaged and they escaped.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 08:57 PM
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They're at risk either way, but mine prefer to be out 24/7 so that's how they're kept.

Knew someone who lost two horses the same night to lightning strikes. They were out. Knew someone else who lost a horse to a lightning strike while he was stalled. The lightning ran down the metal roof to the stall gate where the horse was standing during the storm.

So yeah, I don't think it really matters.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 11:33 PM
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Mine are free to do whichever they please.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 11:47 PM
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I keep mine in. Our barn has a low roof and we have a ton of tall oak trees near it so the barn is considered quite safe.

My friend lost two of her horses in a storm when they were out so I don't care if its 3am. I'm gonna lock them up if I hear so much as a crack of thunder.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-21-2014, 11:53 PM
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My horses tell me which they prefer. Most of the time, when they know a storm is brewing, they line up by the gate and wait for me. When they are all lined up, patiently waiting, no kicking or fussing, I get out and get them in because I know it's about to be ugly out. Otherwise, they are always messing around, like at dinner time or shoeing time, they mill around and cause commotion. When they behave, I know they're serious. LOL!

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-22-2014, 05:39 AM
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Our horses are out 24x7 with a strong shelter, trees, and a large thicket to choose from. If the storms are particular severe, e.g. tornado warnings or a hurricane, we'll put on their halters that are marked with their name and phone #. Otherwise, it's business as usual.
The wind is your biggest concern. Ours will typically avoid the trees and stay in or next to their shelter, but keep in mind that once the winds reach a certain speed (tornado or hurricane eye), shelter and barn structures will be no match for weather and you just have to hope for the best.

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