The owner of Kehsarra Clydesdale Rescue watched in horror on Wednesday evening as three Clydesdale horses were struck and killed by a single lightning strike in Mount Gambler, Australia.
According to the organization’s Facebook posting, Lynn Breirley had slipped outside as the storm began in order to remove one of the horse’s blankets she had forgotten to take off. Moments later, a giant crack of lighting, less than 13 feet away from where she had been standing, struck three Clydesdales in what Lynn described as a “gunshot like” instant killing the horses.
” FFS. LIGHTING JUST TOOK 3 OF MY HORSES. JUST PISS OFF NOW. YOU WIN…,” Lynn posted on her Facebook page.
After the initial shock and horror, Lynn was determined to face her fears and vowed not to leave her other horses.
“Well I’m not leaving my remaining horses on their own tonight through this F ….g storm . I’ll stay out with them all night if I have to … it just missed Sylvie and the foal and Herc was glanced by it .. I was 4ft away from my babies when they got struck .. I though I had lost all 6…. The most horrific sight I will ever witness … can’t get the vision out of my head … R.I.P. MY BEAUTIFUL ONES .. you will always be in my heart.”
One of the horses killed had been used for therapy. According to Yahoo News, the second horse killed had been a special needs rescue with no teeth and the third horse had been retired. Two other horses – a mare and an orphaned foal watched as their paddock mates were struck.
Meanwhile Lynn is warning other horse owners to be careful about lightning.
“So please not only cuddle your four-legged friends a little harder, but also be aware that lightning does strike and kill horses. We don’t want to see any of our Kehsarra family feel like we all do right now,” she posted.
Rest in peace sweet horses.
(Photos of three Clydesdale horses killed via Facebook)
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