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My Yearling Pony Colt killed by lightning

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  • My Yearling Pony Colt killed by lightning

    Yesterday I found my yearling pony colt Bucky, dead after a thunderstorm. He was 15' from the trunk of a 50-60' oak tree in my front yard were he was doing a little mowing. There was no damage to the tree, does that mean the lightning did not come down the tree and just hit the ground. My house was about 50' away and it blew the circuit breakers to the front porch and bedroom which is also at the front of the house. Has any one grounded their trees, how is it done? How can I reduce the risk of this happening again? Here in Florida, summer thunderstorms are a norm. I have lived her since 1968 and this is the first time I have lost a pony to lightning, I guess my luck just ran out.

    Bucky as a baby.
    Last edited by 092556; Jun. 11, 2008, 09:02 PM.

  • #2
    So terribly sorry for your tragic loss.

    \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


    • #3
      oh my God

      I am so sorry. People have always flamed me for running out and getting my horses before storms, and I always tell BOs to leave mine in, and I will clean stalls rather than have them out in lightning.
      tooo much reading of cows being killed by lightning when I worked on farm in SC summers.
      and several horses here in georgia have died in lightning strikes.
      so sorry. the weather seems to be getting hotter and the lightning more frequent in Fla. and GA here.


      • #4
        I am so sorry for your loss and for your pony. I think he could have been hit directly with no outward markings but am not positive.


        • #5
          I am sorry for your loss.
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          • #6
            That is awful. I am so, so sorry.
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            • #7
              I am very sorry...how sad. Lightening is always a concern living in Fl, but I doubt there is anything you could have done differently.
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              • #8
                I am so sorry to hear this. I remember that picture from the cute foals thread! So sorry for your loss.


                • #9
                  Lightning is a major issue in Florida. Its my biggest worry. I have so many there is NO WAY they could come in. You just lived my nightmare and I am sad for you. It could have been me. Sending major hugs for you.
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                  • #10
                    OMGosh, that's just terrible! So sorry for your loss.
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                    • #11
                      I am so sorry. My condolences.


                      • #12
                        I'm so, so sorry.


                        • #13
                          I am so sorry. That is everyone's nightmare that lives in Florida.
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                          • #14
                            I to send my condolences. It is so sad to lose anyone be it human or animal unexpectedly. Consider yourself hugged.


                            • #15
                              I wish I had some advice for you, but all I can do is echo what others have said...I'm so very, very sorry. What a horrible thing to find.


                              • #16
                                that is just heartbreaking. I am so sorry. I have known of several horses killed by lightning - just one of those cruel nature events. Again, I am so sorry.
                                "Her life was okay. Sometimes she wished she were sleeping with the right man instead of with her dog, but she never felt she was sleeping with the wrong dog."



                                • #17
                                  So sorry to hear about your loss.
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                                  • #18
                                    I am so sorry. He was a beautiful pony.
                                    RIP Bucky
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                                    • #19
                                      What a nightmare, I am so sorry for your loss.
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                                      • #20
                                        So Sorry

                                        I am so sorry, I just lost a pony mare on Sunday. My heart aches for you. I too posted darling baby pictures of her. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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