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post #1 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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When it's hailing

What do you do with your horses?

Yesterday I was in the shed feeding the goats and I kept hearing something hit the tin roof. Dern, I thought, I thought all the acorns were off these trees.

All of a sudden a fury was released, golf ball sized hail thick thick thick. The ground very rapidly turned white like a heavy snow.

I saw my horses come flying out of their shed so I put a bucket on my head and took off for them. When you only have a tee shirt and jeans on that stuff HURTS.

Horses were having nothing to do with their shed with it's tin roof that sounded as if a dozen carpenters were banging on it with hammers so I finally had to leave them or be beaten to death myself.

I watched them from the house and they just hunkered down and took the beating.

When it was all over I checked them and don't see any injuries, eyes are fine.
I'm amazed.

I told my dh that I wished I'd had them in their stalls but he pointed out that they also have a tin roof and they might have paniced there and gotten hurt. Guess that's true.

I really didn't have any warning of this coming and if I had I PROBABLY would have put them in their stalls. Now I don't know. Maybe not.

My horses are usually steady as rocks but this really flapped them.

Was just wondering what others do when there is weather like this?

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 11:46 AM
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Hail is normal around here so the sound of it on the metal roof doesn't frighten anyone. We don't have any shelter in the pasture so if hail hits we open the pasture to the barn, everyone RUNS in and we sort them into stalls (if they haven't already run into the correct stall looking for food).
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 11:46 AM
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If a hail storm starts all I have ever seen my horses do was turn tail to the wind and endure it. I have not seen golf ball or larger hail storms and their reaction to them.
Horses evolved on the open plains. No barns stalls or sheds very few trees. Golf ball or larger sized hail may motivate them to seek some kind of shelter. A hail stone probably does not have the same power as a kick from another horse so Im pretty certain they dont feel that much discomfort. I would not worry too much about hail storms. Your horses have endured more of them than you know. Shalom
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 11:50 AM
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We get God Awful hail here too and I put my horses up in their metal barn with the metal roof. Most of them are old troopers, so even the new or young horses tend to calm down after the initial, "OMG WHAT IS THAT?" reaction. The first few times the older ones ever heard it, they got a little big eyed but especially after being in through the whole storm and the noise didn't kill 'em, and after getting caught out in it, they all come running for the barn now. It's pretty funny to see one teensy little hail stone hit one and then they all come flying with their tails in the air. I guess the noise hurts their ears less than the hail hurts their hides.

If I have the time before the storm hits, I put a bunch of hay in their feeders so that they can much on hay and distract themselves from the noise. It really doesn't take them long to figure out Barn = GOOD and Hail = BAD. For one thing, at least here in OK, I've noticed most really heavy hail storms are almost as loud outside as they are inside, they just don't get pummeled inside.

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post #5 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy rain sounds really loud on these tin roofs, too. They are used to that and it doesn't bother them. I guess if we had the hail often they'd get used to that, too, but fortunately it's a rare occurance here.

Some years back just a few miles from here they had soft ball sized hail and the damage it did was ingredable. Sure glad this one yesterday wasn't like that!

Guess if/when it happens again I'll let them chose what to do unless it should be soft ball size then they are going in if I have to drag them by their tails!!

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Our mares have a shelter, but they prefer to be out, even in hail. Just like any bad storm, they huddle together, heads down, butts into the wind.
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-19-2013, 01:30 PM
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We get lots of hail around here. Tornadoes too.
Our horses just go down into the timbered areas and hunker down there when it gets really bad. You'll always know if it's going to be a bad storm. If they're taking shelter in the shed, the storm will pass. If they take off to the timber, you'd better be watching the skies...
(Ironically, this goes for my cats as well. Kitties on the porch means it's okay. Kitties no where to be found during a storm means look out!)
Animals are pretty good at taking care of themselves if you give them the chance.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-20-2013, 01:58 AM
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Acorn if you ever get soft ball sized hail remember YOUR safety comes first.
Chasing horses during such a storm places you in danger. Remember if your hurt who is going to treat any injuries your horses sustain?
thats the parent in me speaking. LOL Shalom
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My horses have gotten caught in hail storms a few times. Thankfully nothing bigger than a quarter but that still has to hurt.

The sound of pelting rain on the metal barn roof doesn't bother them and they could get under the over hang and the open stall it leads to but, they don't.

They turn their butts to the storm, get side-by-side and ride it out, heads down.

I have tried to get them in when the storm is in progress. My alpha horse would only get P.O.'d, tell me he knows what he's doing, and start leading everyone away from me.

Something he never does unless a storm is already in progress, so I just hope for the best and leave them out

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post #10 of 16 Old 03-20-2013, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Acorn if you ever get soft ball sized hail remember YOUR safety comes first.
Chasing horses during such a storm places you in danger. Remember if your hurt who is going to treat any injuries your horses sustain?
thats the parent in me speaking. LOL Shalom
You are right of course.

I looked around yesterday and we are fortunate that the only damage i see is
it broke the bottom out of a plastic lawn chair and a hole is knocked in the bottom of a plastic tub that was turned up side down.

There are thousands and thousands of baby pine cones and needles on the ground but oddly our peach tree didn't loose it's blooms. It is slightly sheltered by my cane so maybe that saved it.

They are saying a f2 tornado went over, whatever that means. I'll take the hail we had over a tornado any day.

I'm very thankful that all who breath are okay and uninjured and we had no property damage that matters.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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