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    who sits here in the middle of the night, hearing rain and forming thunderstorms in the distance, and worries about my horse being out? We have just started turning him out at night, which he has seemed to really like, but there is no cover in the paddock and tonight the storms are forming...He is about 20 miles south of me and as the storms start forming in my area I keep checking the radar to see what is going in the area of the barn he is at....oh yeah, forgot to mention...he hates rain!! Yet I don't want to call and wake up the BM or assistant BM (who happens to be my mother) to see what the exact weather is there and to check on him.
    Ugh..another sleepless night for me.
    Maybe I'm just being silly.. or just a worried mom.

  • #2
    It eventually becomes a non-issue, unless you are in a tornado area then you run out to let them out.

    Most horses don't worry about it. The ones I have encountered that do, have been subject to a human, starting the worry process an the slightest hint of bad weather "gotta go get poopsy in, it looks like clouds are comming".


    • #3
      All my horses live out 24/7. They have run-in sheds but honestly, they only choose to use them for shade in the summer. Keeping them out is the best thing for their physical and mental health, IMO.

      As humans, we tend to project our own feelings on our animals. It's hard not to do it. I know I wouldn't want to be out in a rainstorm, but experience tells me that my horses are just fine with it.
      Where Norwegian Fjords Rule


      • #4
        I worry about lightening, not rain.


        • #5
          No, you are not the only one.

          I have just moved my 13yo thbd to outdoor 24/7 board and I am having many a sleepless night. I am also checking the forecast constantly!

          He keeps letting me know that he would rather be outside though as every time I put him in his stall he freaks out and demands to go back outside. I still worry.
          "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."


          • #6

            Originally posted by Dispatcher View Post
            I worry about lightening, not rain.
            This is my worry ` lightening.
            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


            • #7
              Yeah, I figured most of the worry was because he hasn't been out at nights, and I'm not used to it yet, plus there was some lightening. All was well though, I'm told he was very happy to have mud to play in. Ugh, between worrying about him and my teen humanoid boys, I may worry myself to death.


              • #8
                Originally posted by heatherny2 View Post
                We have just started turning him out at night, which he has seemed to really like, but there is no cover in the paddock and tonight the storms are forming.

                My horse is out 24/7 but he has a run-in so that's a bit different than having no shelter. If he didn't have any shelter I would be worried too I think. Does he at least have a grouping of trees to stand under? My horse generally chooses to be in his run-in when it's raining and during t-storms, I don't think he would be thrilled to be out without shelter.

                Is it possible for your barn to put him out during the day when it's going to rain in the evening? Obviously you can't predict every little t-storm that comes through but I would think something could be arranged for nights when rain is forecasted since he doesn't have a shelter.

                In my area most barns that put horses out at night have run-ins in the turnouts.


                • #9
                  When I was a child, we had a beautiful chestnut pony get hit by lightning. Ever since then, I'm paranoid about that happening.
                  In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.


                  • #10
                    I worry too. Back when I had a barn full and we were on summer turnout schedule, there was many a night that I'd run out there in my pj's & boots with lightning popping, trying to get them in.

                    Now I'm down to one filly, and she's on 24/7 turnout with access to her stall. Lucky for me, she's smart enough to come in when the weather is bad and hang out in the barn.
                    Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
                    Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"


                    • #11
                      Let me tell you a story:
                      When I first brought my horses home I was trying hard not to be a Worrier and let them figure things out themselves.

                      They had free access to their stalls from pasture.

                      So when I was having dinner with horseowning friends one night and it started to pour I managed to get through dinner and then excuse myself to go flying home to bring in my babies.

                      They came in willingly, ate the hay I put down for about 5 minutes and then wandered back out into the downpour.

                      Apparently to them the grass in the pasture was worth getting soaked for.

                      Standing in my barn, dripping wet, I then decided they could make their own choices regarding coming in out of the rain.

                      Mostly they chose Not.

                      Unless your horse is in a field totally without any shelter - a tree or runin - and the rain is not bone-chillingly cold, I'd let it be.
                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                      • #12
                        Trees do not make good shelter in a T storm, especially if it is one or two isolated trees in the middle of a bare field.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dispatcher View Post
                          I worry about lightening, not rain.
                          Sun bleaching, after the rain is gone? Rogue hairdressers with peroxide?
                          "... if you think i'm MAD, today, of all days,
                          the best day in ten years,
                          you are SORELY MISTAKEN, MY LITTLE ANCHOVY."


                          • #14
                            LookinSouth: We actually watch the weather pretty closely, even when he was on day turnout, they would always check to see what the weather was expected to be. Plus, my mother lives just down the street from the barn so she is within minutes to bring him in. In fact she said last night she got dressed and stood by her car for a few minutes and realized that by the time she would get there the storm would already have passed.
                            All I could think about was my poor guy who hates rain being out in it, but of course, just my crazy imagination - apparently he had a blast playing in the mud. He can be such a goofball!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mp View Post
                              Sun bleaching, after the rain is gone? Rogue hairdressers with peroxide?
                              LOL!!! oops.....


                              • #16
                                My TB is out 24/7 with a run-in and tons of trees. My only weather-related worry is lightning. However, it makes me feel much better knowing there are no lone trees or tiny groves. Those really attract lightning. He basically has a forest in one part of the pasture so it gives me some comfort.

                                But at the end of the day, you just have to stop worrying and let things be. A barn can be hit by lightning too, there are horrendous fires, or a horse can become cast and break a leg. I know for a fact that my guy loves life outside, as he is MUCH happier now compared to living in a stall for half the day. No matter what we do there will always be a risk. Weigh those risks, make a choice, and get some sleep!


                                • #17
                                  Am I the only one...

                                  I think it depends on the horse. The vast majority of my horses preferred being out in the rain but the first night he was left outside my retired show horse jumped a five foot fence and through a four and a half foot half barn door to put himself in the barn. He knew from experience that he belonged in the barn, not out of it.
                                  And it wasn't raining. ;-)


                                  • #18
                                    I will admit that I worried some about the storms yesterday, and opted to run out and bring the ponies in a little early. But this was for three main reasons:

                                    1 - Injured horse is currently turned out in a small, metal corral. I didn't think this would be a good thing in a thunder and lightning storm.

                                    2 - It was getting close to dinner time anyway, and I didn't feel like getting soaked.

                                    3 - I had house guests. And see #2 above.

                                    But to answer your question - yes, I do worry. Especially now that I have my babies at home. But I've successfully managed to push most of that worry out of my mind.
                                    Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.


                                    • #19
                                      You're being alittle silly... When Hurricane Ike hit, the only option I had for my then 26 yr old OTTB was to leave him in his pasture... I was worried for sure, but there was no other option.

                                      He turned his butt to the wind, kept his head down and rode out the storm just fine... He looked like a drowned rat when it was over, but was eagerly nickering at this food tub at dinner time. As a matter of fact, he did better than the horses of a friend that evacuated... 2 horses sustained injuries in the excitement of the move and subsequent staying at a unfamiliar place, the other ended up with a respiratory infection. My old guy was perfectly fine, despite being a bit annoyed at all the wet.

                                      Horses are much more resilient than we give them credit for and are quite capable of taking care of themselves when they need to...
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                                      • #20
                                        The local vet once had a horse struck by lightning (not directly, apparently it hit the tree, and she was standing under it and either touching it, or it traveled to her) and she died. So I bring in the horses when I hear of a storm coming. We don't get many huge lightning storms with hail where I live (PNW) but there was this freak storm one time. Biggest hail I've ever seen, and the horses were out. Let me tell you, they were NOT happy. They wanted IN. So we put hats on went and got them. My old guy was especially happy, but this is the horse that the second a raindrop hits him (even though he wears a blanket) he goes and stands by the pasture gate with his head hanging low waiting to be brought in.