Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by horselover1113, Mar 30, 2010.
Do you put your horses up during a tornado watch or leave them out?
Definitely out. Want to give them a chance to get away from things if they have the need. If they're locked up in a barn, you run the very real risk of the barn collapsing on top of them.
Luckily I have never had to even think about that!! I have no idea what I would do
Thats why I am asking. Cause idk. Trainers have told me different things.
I would leave them out, in the biggest pasture you have.
We leave them out.
The bigest pasture is not always best, use the one that has the best natural protection. Deep creek beds, ravines and so forth.
Our barn is in the pasture so usually when bad weather is predicted we just open the barn, put everything up, and let them go in when they want. That way they can get away from rain/hail/etc. But 2 nights ago we had a few tornado watches and sever weather warnings. We just got a new horse so we couldn't open the barn yet. Our barn is center aisle and each stall has a front door and a back door. We put them in their stalls with a single stall guard on each door. These stall guard hooks break very easily. My horse snapped his the other day just leaning on it a little. This way they can be out of rain/hail, they're safe from lightning, and if a tornado comes... I'm sure they will be plenty scared enough to bust out of there stall guards. If one goes, they'll all go.
Usually we just open the barn, but when that is not possible theyre locked in with stall guards. We never close the stall doors on them when we are not there in case of a tornado or a fire or something.
I put them in the barn always, tornado or hurricane. Our barn was built to pretty high hurricane standards and I can only hope it protects them! I would be a basket case if they were out and I think they would be too, the rain that might accompany it, would get them, they're stall babies LOL.
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