Flint Ridge Farm Tornado Relief
On November 29th, 2016 Flint Ridge Farm was hit by an EF3 tornado and suffered extreme damage to all facilities. The main barn, green barn, and pony barn all lost their roofs and the green and pony barn suffered extreme structural damage. The indoor arena, which the pony barn was build directly next to, was completely destroyed, littering the surrounding pastures with metal siding, insulation, wood, and shards of the large mirrors. Jumps are gone or destroyed. Our pasture fences either need repair, or temporary fencing put up to protect the horses from the larger and harder to clear debris.
Thirty five horses call Flint Ridge Farm their home. Of those thirty five, we were fortunate that only 3 were injured enough for veterinary care. Thea, a boarder's horse, required stitches for a gash on her hindquarters and under her tail. Batman, a retired lesson horse and beloved retired show horse, sustained a laceration on his upper neck that required staples and was hit above the eye with debris, causing swelling. Dempsey, a retired lesson horse and the precious first pony of Sami (step-daughter of Heidi), sustained a serious laceration to his face and lower right foreleg as well as a bit of wood impaled in between his hind legs. Both Dempsey and Batman's wounds were able to be treated at the farm by Dr. Dunlap and Dr. Harney. They were later transported to the North Alabama Equine Hospital for further care and for a place to stay.
We have experienced an overwhelming amount of support since the tornado. We have received offers to provide temporary homes for horses, donations of food and drink for workers and volunteers, as well as an extraordinary amount of generosity from monetary donations through GoFundMe.
Our current plan is to try to get a roof on the main barn as quickly as possible, and to house the horses in the safe pastures until the roof is back on. This is to minimize the amount of disruption in the horse's day-to-day and to protect the horses we have that are sensitive to colicing.
We are still so thankful for the donations we've received, especially since insurance has not been able to fully cover the cost of the repairs to the buildings that are still standing. Fortunately the Green Barn and the Pony Barn are completely finished (which means everyone is home!) But we still need to repair the siding and doors to the main barn, rebuild the tractor and shavings she'd and rebuild the arena fence.
It feels good to be up and running though!
As you may have noticed, Mother Nature decided that now was a good time to start working on that drought we have been dealing with! Unfortunately, while the roofers have been very quick, they were not able to finish the roof on the main barn before the weather moved in.
Friday afternoon Heidi set to work notifying boarders and those who have graciously offered their stalls and barns that some of the horses would need to be transported to a facility where they would be able to come in from the weather. On Saturday and Sunday we transported 21 of the 34 (I miscounted earlier!) horses to various locations near the farm. We are very grateful for the generosity of those who offered to help us out!!
We are currently waiting for a break in the weather so the roofers can safely get back to work. We are hoping to have everybody, with the exception of the two at North Alabama Equine Hospital, back home by/on Wednesday.
We are also looking forward to the Jim Graham Clinic and Benefit Dinner and Fundraiser hosted by the Foley's at River Rock on Wednesday! I'm thankful that we have our horses to participate in this great opportunity, and for good friends who band together to help each other in times of trouble!
We are moving some of the horses today since the roof isn't complete and we are expecting rain. Some horses will stay in the stalls that are currently covered and some will stay outside and blanketed. We are expecting the roof to be complete on the main barn by Wednesday!!