Q6) Can my
horses stay out during a thunderstorm?
Horses are easy targets for lightning during thunderstorms. They tend
to group together for protection under trees which are excellent conductors of
electricity and particularly for horses with steel-shod hooves. Lightning
can travel a long distance through metal fencing or water. It can bounce off of
one animal and hit another in a group.
It is best to shelter animals in a wood barn or well-grounded metal pole
building with lightning rods during a thunderstorm. Avoid keeping a lone
tree in a pasture where horses could congregate during a storm.
If you know in advance that thunderstorms are predicted, keep or put your
horses inside a safe place. Your anxiety level will be greatly reduced.