Flint Ridge Farm sustained a massive tornado hit, but by some miracle, all of the horses survived with relatively minor injuries.
When a tornado heads for a horse farm, major devastation is generally involved. Flint Ridge Farm, located in Huntsville, Alabama, was right in the path of a storm series that struck on November 29 and November 30. Unfortunately, a tornado touched down and caused major damage.
The pictures are devastating. Two barns were damaged, both losing their roofs. The indoor arena was destroyed. Jumps were blown away. Fences were damaged, and debris is now strewn across the property.
However, by some miracle, all of the horses survived. There were horses stabled in both barns, and though the roofs were lifted off and parts of the barns were demolished, the horses sustained no major injuries.
There were even horses in three stalls attached to the indoor arena. There is nothing left of the arena itself, but those stalls and the horses in them were spared. Some horses did need stitches, but given the gravity of the situation, it's absolutely stunning that no more serious injuries occurred.
Take a look at this video which details the damage to the farm.
Flint Ridge Farm has some serious rebuilding to do, though. Volunteers have been helping with the cleanup, but horses will likely need to be transported to other facilities because of the state that the barns are in. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help deal with resulting expenses. The horse world is a small place, and it's likely that horse people will band together to help the farm rebuild.
The good news? Barns and indoors can be rebuilt. Horses cannot. The results of the tornado could have been much more devastating than they are.
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