Horses Killed in Oklahoma Tornado


(Note – Reports from Off Family Farms are that 75 to 100 horses were killed by the storm. – Jerry)

Oklahoma-apMOORE, Okla. (KFOR) — When the massive tornado hit Moore, Okla., Monday, some weren’t able to make it to their basements.

One man was on a family farm at the time, noticed the wind pick up and walked outside to see debris flying, according to KFOR.

Lando Hite was shirtless and muddy all over as he described what happened at horse and entertainment farm before he took refuge in a horse stall.

“It was just like the movie ‘Twister,’ ” he told CNN affiliate KFOR. “There were horses and stuff flying around everywhere.”

The tornado slammed into the Orr Family Farm, which had about 80 horses. It damaged several barns; Hite was worried most of the animals were killed.

“I tried to let some of the horses out of their stalls so that they would have a chance,” said the worker, who said the building he was in was moved about 100 feet.

He said he then hid in the stall, and the walls collapsed on top of him.


MSNBC – In addition to the rising number of souls lost in Moore, Oklahoma, the twister has also taken its toll on the town’s animals. According to sources, an estimated 75 to 100 horses were killed in Monday’s tornado when the Orr Family Farm took a direct hit. There’s been an outpouring of support on the farm’s Facebook page, where staff have announced that while those who work on the farm are safe and unharmed, it’s sustained an “extreme amount” of damage. They’re still assessing how the devastating tornado has affected both their property and their other surviving animals.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Gena

    The Lord be with all of you and keep his Hedge of Protection around you. I pray for all of you and your Family’s. God be with you all.

    May 21, 2013
    • Kathy S

      I’m so sorry for your losses and I’m praying for you all and all the helpless animals devastated by this Tornado in your area. I have rescue horses and cats so I feel your pain

      May 21, 2013
  • heart felt sympathy and condolences.

    May 21, 2013
  • Jade

    We all are diminished by your loss, and hold you in our minds and hearts. Blessed Be!

    May 21, 2013
  • LNorman

    I just spoke w/ Tom Gorey of Blm and he stated that there were no reports of damage, injury, or deaths at Pauls Valley Holding facility south of Moore. Blm website states capacity is 600 horses for this facility, Gorey could not say how many horses are currently at this facility.

    May 21, 2013
  • We here at Dancing Horses Stable in Wisconsin, send all our thoughts and prayers your way. Take care and God Bless you all.

    May 21, 2013
  • Dennis Hendricks

    My wife and I raise beautiful appaloosa horses our herd had 3 foals all fillies this year. We would love to give one of them to a young person Who lost theirs

    May 21, 2013
    • meranda

      Dennis that is a wonderful and beautiful idea bless you for your wonderful hearts

      May 21, 2013
  • CG

    My heart is breaking for all you suffered the loss of a beloved horse and anything else. You are all in my prayers for comfort, peace and healing. God bless you

    May 21, 2013
  • lisa funk

    i know how things are..we had it happen in mountain wis. praying for you

    May 21, 2013
  • lisa funk

    wisconsin is all about the horses wish the best

    May 21, 2013
  • sherriey

    God help and love you all…I pray for you and your animals…am so sorry for the loss you all sustained.
    may God bless and heal you…

    May 22, 2013
  • Linda Parker-Fedak

    My heart breaks for every horse, dog, cat or any other animal and human lost to this storm. There is no sense in losing so many treasured souls. My extreme sympathies to everyone who has suffered a loss.

    May 22, 2013
  • As an animal lover especially i do love horses, I am so sad to hear about the lost lives of so many innocent horses during the recent tornado in OK. May the owners accept my sympathies and prayers for your recovery. God bless you all sincerely, Nikki Hornsby (Grammy voting member)

    May 22, 2013