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post #1 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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what to do when a tornato hits?

We tend to have many tornado warnings and touch down throughout the summer/fall.

So what do I do with the horses if one touches down near me?

Lock them in the pasture and out of the barn?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 01:15 AM
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Its been years since a tornado touched down near where I live (knock on wood) but whenever we have warnings I go out and unplug the fencer. Id hate to lock the horses out of the barn in case there is hail cuz they have no shelter to protect them otherwise. If any horses are in the stalls I release them.

The one thing I want to get is enough breakaway halters for all of them with dog tags with my name/number/address attached. That way if any of them get hung up on debris or something the halter will break. But chances are since my herd sticks together, at least one of them should keep a halter intact with my information.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 01:27 AM
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I have always wondered what people do . wonder how hard it would be to make a horsey basement ?
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 01:41 AM
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What I do personally is put them in their stalls, and shut gates, but don't lock them my barn is an old pole barn, with the stall doors going directly into the field, sorta like a shed row.

This way they are protected from lightning, hail, etc, but if a tornado comes, they can easily shove their doors open, and get into the pasture.

IMO a horse should be stalled in everything but a tornado
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I think it's a "darned if you do, darned if you don't" situation with tornadoes.

One touched down right by my back pasture last year, thank the Lord nothing worse than a week without power happened. Unplugged fences, left the stall door open and figured they'd know what's right in that situation. They ended up under a lean-to for most of it. I've seen on the internet where you can braid dog tags into their manes and tails with contact info if there's a real threat of them getting lost.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 02:41 AM
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Paint or shoe polish your name and phone # right on the horse.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-31-2014, 09:18 AM
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I have always wondered what people do . wonder how hard it would be to make a horsey basement ?
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However, if I had money to build a safe room, I would rather have it underground provided the ground wouldn't be too rocky to build something underground.

Where I live, basements are a luxury because of all the huge underground rock

Spray paint your cell phone with area code, on both sides of the horse, if you're in the line of fire.

In the barn or out in the pasture, if the horse gets loose it could run for miles. The cell phone number on its sides will get it quickly back to the owner.

I don't break routine. In the barn at night, out during the day regardless of weather.

My lead horse is fantastic about gathering everyone for a storm. Hail is my big worry for them but, by the time the hail starts dropping, they won't leave their "safe spot" to come in the barn.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-02-2014, 10:13 AM
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I was reading an article by AQHA recently about building tornado shelters for horses. They can be above ground or under ground and ate built long and narrow like a horse trailer. They are approved by FEMA (that may not be the correct organization) and can withstand F5 tornadoes. You can have them built for any category storm, the higher the category the more $ of course. I board and we are not really in a tornado area thank god. But if we were and it was my place I'd be having one built and practicing getting the horses in quickly and calmly.
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