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post #31 of 43 Old 07-02-2016, 11:32 AM
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REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR IT (THUNDER) YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET HIT BY IT (LIGHTNING).
You are right about that. A friend of mine has a horse that got struck by lightening as she was standing by a wire fence. She actually fully recovered from it but I suspect most don't.
The people that own the place where I keep my horses are both ER nurses and they see it all of the time here in Florida. People coming in due to lightening hits. Most people end up on life support. Some make it and some don't.
I spend two days a week taking trains apart and putting them back together. The bosses hate it when an afternoon thunderstorm rolls in. My crew will not work in it, period. A little rain or even a downpour is no big deal but when there's thunder and lightening, we hit the crew room and wait it out and another late train that the bosses have to answer for.
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When I lived in Florida -The lightning capital of the world - I used to bring my horses in when it stormed. Problem was, during quick moving storms, the wind would get my horses worked up and running around the pasture. So I'm out there with lightning cracking, trying to catch the idiots!

Now, I'm TERRIFIED of lightning!!! So, one day while trying to catch them, I said to myself 'What the hell am I doing out here?' Sort of a light bulb or lightning moment lol. 😨😨 No way I'm touching my metal gates during active lightning.
From that point on, they were on their own. As others have said, what can you do, other than worry when you're at work and they're out in a storm. Normally my horses are out during the day and stalled at night. Since my injury, they've been out 24/7. They have a run in shelter, but when it's pouring buckets, they choose to stand in the pasture, backs to the wind!

Right now I'm more concerned with the mosquitoes eating them alive every night.

I only know of one incident where horses were killed by lightning: a couple was away at a show, came home to find 5 broodmareso dead from lightning. All 5 had been standing under an oak tree that was struck.
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post #33 of 43 Old 07-02-2016, 12:22 PM
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At the first sign of a storm, mine all line up at the gate and start tapping their toes to be let in. The other day, it had been clear as glass all day long and as it got to the hot part of the day the thunderstorms started popping as they often do here in OK. I've known many people who have lost horses and cattle to lightning strikes, so mine come in to the barn. Anyway, my first warning that a storm was approaching was that my fireplace damper started squeaking. I looked out the window and said, "YIKES" and went out to get everyone in. I got them all inside and covered before it hit, but it was close. I got stuck in the barn until it passed.

REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR IT (THUNDER) YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET HIT BY IT (LIGHTNING).
Yes, the Rules of Play do change, when one lives in the wide open flat spaces, like Oklahoma:(

I currently live in a bowl, on top of a hill. Most of the time, lightening follows the ridge line that is also our southerly boundary line.

However, twice It managed to strike a 100+ yr old oak tree twice, at the end of the back yard chain link, travelled the chain link, hopped to the DirectTv satellite and the Hughes.net satellite dishes.

It was a sad day when that gran old oak tree had to be chainsawed off three fences and the logs rolled down to the big burn pile.

That all happened at night when the horses were already in the barn anyway.

I have heard things "sizzle" during a few storms - I just keep holding my breath and hope for the best; I learned a long time ago, I can only do so much and it doesn't pay to dwell in the "what ifs".
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post #34 of 43 Old 07-02-2016, 02:50 PM
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Yes, the Rules of Play do change, when one lives in the wide open flat spaces, like Oklahoma:(
We used to have 2 really big old apple trees and a bunch of nectarine and peach trees. Lightning took out some and then the drought finished off the rest. Lemme tell ya, having those two old apple trees hit, they stood right behind the master bedroom, was a definite shocker. When they got hit, the floor in the house jumped and we came straight up out of the bed. Ya do what ya can, the rest has to take care of itself.

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post #35 of 43 Old 07-02-2016, 05:11 PM
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I think people need to look at which is the least likely scenario. Yes they would PROBABLY be fine outside, yes the barn COULD catch on fire. Which is more likely? Definitely comes down to individual situations.
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post #36 of 43 Old 07-03-2016, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, you are all making me grateful that I don't live in a place where thunderstorms are a common occurrence. Of course when winter comes I will be begging to trade places with you again, LOL.

Yesterday, I was at a show with my daughter and Harley, two hours away from my house. Kodak was alone here, in the paddock with access to the barn through the open dutch doors. Where I was, it rained really hard for a good part of the morning, but when I got home, hubby said they got pretty severe weather, including hail. He went out to check on Kodak and she was standing outside, butt to the wind, LOL.

Bottom line is that you can't ALWAYS be right there to act in time. So for now, I'll continue to let them out at night. They're happy to be out when the flies are gone and if it's good enough for my vet's and my neighbors' horses, I figure it's good enough for mine too. That said, if they're forecasting severe weather, I will keep them in. But I probably won't be running out in the middle of the night during a sudden thunderstorm. Odds are, lightning would strike trees or high ground rather than the hollow where the pasture is.
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Outside 24/7. They decide where to be.
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post #38 of 43 Old 07-22-2016, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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I know this is an old thread but we had our first big storm since getting the horses tonight. I was in the barn watching it come towards us. I knew there were major storm cells forming from the forecast, but it wasn't supposed to hit us, just skirt north of us. But when I saw clouds in a mushroom shape and thunder and lightning nonstop, all of it moving towards us faster than I thought it would, I just reacted instinctively and brought the horses into their stalls, shut the dutch doors (top and bottom) and waited it out in there with them. Am I ever glad I'd brought them in. It was nasty. We had hail, crazy winds, the power kept flickering on and off (I had unplugged the electric fence) and so much rain. Kodak was stressed and looking for reassurance so I was glad I was in there with them. The thunder was just cracking all around us and the rain and hail was pounding hard on the metal roof. Harley, on the other hand, decided it was a good time to take a nap, LOL... that horse is so funny.

When it was all over, the paddock was just a series of lakes and rivers and my gazebo had been torn to shreds, the metal frame twisted like a pretzel. Tree branches were laying all over the place. Boards blown right off the fence. I would NOT have wanted the horses out in the middle of all that. This is not typical weather around here, but as the climate changes, we are having more extreme weather events. So from now on, you bet that if they're issuing a severe thunderstorm watch, the horses will be coming in as a precaution.
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Yes, it's the hail in some of those storms that would make me bring the horses in.

Some years back, when I still had four horses, I was in the barn doing morning feed. A sort of late morning feed as three of the four needed limited pasture time.

I knew a big storm was coming. Everyone was munching hay, when all of a sudden the hair on my arms pulled straight up, my ears popped and the horses literally stopped eating with hay hanging out of their mouths.

I felt like I was in a vacuum. I had an inkling of what had just happened but it was confirmed on the noon news, when they commented a funnel cloud had gone thru the edge of the town 12 miles SE of me.

That funnel cloud had passed directly over the top of us

And was I ever grateful it decided to stay up "there" instead of coming down "here", on top of the barn. I could have been Dorothy from Kansas.
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I live in QLD and we get tropical cyclones it's a cat 2 and below we leave them out with tags braided in manes or numbers written on hooves. If cat 3 and above we take them to our local show grounds that have stables that is more inland incase of flooding
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