An owner's impulse may be to keep horses contained in their stalls during thunderstorms, but the animals are less likely to be struck by lightning if they're in a field with trees or a lightning rod, says Brandon Dominguez, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "If a tornado were to hit a barn with horses secured in stalls, the likelihood and severity of being hit by debris would be considerably increased," Dr. Dominguez says.

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