A Community Comes Together To Save 32 Horses Before Roof Collapses
1pm on Sunday, Feb 15th, we got a call that the roof at the farm had started to collapse due to the weight of the snow and the battering from the multiple relentless blizzards. There were 32 horses still trapped inside. My knowledge of all things equine was about to be elevated.
We were down in Newport, normally an hour away, but with white out conditions still in play, it took us longer to arrive. The 80-minute drive felt like an eternity, although Danielle was able to coordinate a plan of action.
When we arrived, the Fire Dept was about to condemn the property and not allow any non-Fire personnel in. How are the horses going to get out? I was in shock. Controlled chaos. I wanted to help. I heard someone say, “we need to find barns and trailers ASAP to get these horses out of here before the roof comes down. And someone who can keep a list of where the horses are going” Done!
So, because OUR world is about awareness and sharing of information I took to the farm’s Facebook page. Still, I had zero idea what really we were looking for. I simply just put an APB out to their 350 likers. We needed help and we needed help fast. I then started to research barns or companies that could trailer horses. Turns out, that was not necessary.
What this long-winded intro is simply trying to get at is the amount of community I witnessed in a three-hour span. The social plea for help quickly had 500 views and shares, then 1000, then 2000, then 4000. Within 10 minutes of the post, I was fielding non-stop calls, texts, and emails. We set up a line of communication where I was the point person. Finally, my skill of spending hours upon hours staring into an illuminated box while making phone calls was actually useful.
Stranger upon stranger, called, emailed, text, or just showed up. All with the same sense of urgency and selflessness. They all said the same thing. “How can I help?” Some of these people were two hours away and had trailers buried in 10-feet of snow. Simply telling me, “we’re on our way, if you don’t need us, let us know.”
Mind you, I grew up in two small towns that both have a distinct sense of community. I have never witnessed this level of support and altruism. People I never knew existed that wanted to help, calling me, talking to me as if I were a friend. Helping me with horse terms I was oblivious too.
In less than three hours, 32 horses were safely evacuated to neighboring barns. When the last horse was put on a trailer there were numerous trailers still lined up on the main street. Overwhelming awesomeness!!!
There are still a TON of logistics at Danielle’s farm, moving forward. But, I’m still so very touched by the amount of support that came in such a short period of time.
This is really just a share. I now know that ‘horse people’ are a Community that will band together and, without question ask, ‘how can I help.’
I’m not going to be trite and do any work related soliciting here. Trust me, as tired as you get receiving emails from us, I – too – get tired of constant prodding.
I just want to share a little story about Hope. I was in the middle of it, had no idea how I could help, but just did whatever I could do.
I am filled with a renewed sense of Hope in all facets of our lives.
Community can exist. Community does exist.