Sometimes our lives can take a major turn when a natural disaster comes our way. It can leave us homeless and can take us quite some time to heal. The tornado in Oklahoma earlier this week was no exception.
Since this is a horse blog, I decided I would shed a little light on the sad story that sometimes gets put on the sidelines during this tough time. Many horses were also affected by the tornado and sadly not all of them were able to make it through.
When a major tornado made it's way to the local farms in Oklahoma, many horse owners didn't have the time to let out all of their horses out of their stalls and take cover. The tornado had 200 mile an hour winds which drastically changed the landscape of the area.
It has been reported that 150 horses, if not more, have not survived the tornado or had to be put down. Those who did survive are mostly injured physically or emotionally.
Through this tragedy, it's important to know that, in an emergency, all of the horses should be let out of their stalls and out of the barn. Though there are no guarantees that this will save them, it does raise their chances as they'll be able to run away from potential dangers. Whether it is a tornado, earthquake or hurricane, your horse is better outside than locked up in a stall.
I would also like to point out now that I am not blaming or saying that these horse owners didn't love their horses and didn't try their best to save them. A tornado can appear with very little warning and sometimes you'll barely have enough time to take cover yourself let alone run out to the stable to try to save your horses.
If you would like to read more about the horses affected by the Oklahoma tornado, you can click here, here and here. If you would like to donate to the organisation mentioned in the first article to help the horses, you can find their website here.
Also, CNN had posted a video discussing a bit about the horses and their owners affected by the tornado. You can click here to watch it. I will warn you ahead of time that some images of the horses may be disturbing to some people.
I wish you all the best and I hope that your horses are safe and sound where you are. Thank you for reading my blog.
Until next week, happy riding!