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  • Afraid of bad weather

    I have a horse that I have only had a few years. With some of his behavior over the years I think very strongly he has had a rough life. I love him dearly and he will be with me forever (his own special mother hen)....

    I feel so bad for him because the last few days have been really rainy... he gets so upset about it when it starts raining really hard. Like he has had some sort of accident or something. My other horse is calm as a cucumber.... Lightning struck loudly today and he ran out of his stall. Poor horse. I give him lots of hay to munch and a licky thing which helps... and try to hang out with him as much as I can... I just wonder what happened to him and if there is anything else I can do to comfort him. Thankfully I live in an area where we get A LOT of sunshine... he was from Europe so I tell him all the time he lives in the right place since he HATES cool and nasty weather....
    If you like the distance you see; continue forward. If you don't; stay still and the shorter distance works out. ~GM~

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    He could have been well loved his entire life. I had a young gelding that was outside as a wicked storm came in. He ran, terrified, back and forth along the fence several times before coming to a stop almost on top of me at the gate. I got him in just after 2 military helicopters trying to outrun the storm buzzed the tree tops and just before a tornado-like microburst hit and we wondered if the barn was coming down. It was was at least a few years before he didn't shake and get anxious at bad weather. This goofy horse was very much loved and never harshly treated - I'd had him since he was a yearling. That storm just scared the crap out of him and he remembered.

    As for your horse running out of his stall when lightning strikes loudly, well, that's just a natural reaction. Even my old BTDT broodmares will jump if it's loud enough!


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      I'm hesitant to even type this as I don't want to be thought of as bandwagon riding, I'm not I'm just sharing my story... hypersensitivity to rain/storms was a major factor in deciding to treat my morgan for ulcers.

      He would be near inconsolable during a storm, best was to have him outside with a run-in shed where he could have plenty of room to run, because he literally climbed the walls if you put him in a stall. Even a gentle tick tick tick of drops on a tin or plastic roof would have him showing the whites of his eyes.

      He detested getting wet, which I didn't think much of for the first year I had him, lots of horses don't. But one day, I walked out to his paddock and the most gentle summer rain kicked up, more a mist than a rain. As his coat started to get beaded up, he began to panic. He went from happily coming to greet me, to racing the fenceline screaming his lungs out.

      I finally caught him and watched him for a moment, he was shaking wide eyed and snatching at his sides, like the water that was rolling off him was irritating him.

      I decided this was just not normal behavior and thats when I learned about ulcers. Though I didn't have mine scoped, after treating him he was a completely different horse. He still likes to come inside during a heavy rain, but he will walk around and graze or eat from his hay bag during a light or moderate rain. Only the loudest cracks of lightening cause him to jump any more.
      Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.