Clydedale horses are among the most stunning animals on the planet.These large, powerful horses can be found working on farms, marching in parades, and even appearing in Budweiser commercials.However, a few years ago, a group of Clydesdale horses nearly died after being caught in a barn fire, but survived thanks to the quick thinking of one teen hero.
Lightning struck Classic City Clydesdales, a horse farm in Bishop, Georgia, at 2 a.m. in 2016.”It shook the whole house,” Shannon Martin, the owner, told WKYC.”I’m in bed one minute.”The next thing I know, I’m standing next to the bed, trying to figure out where the bomb went off.”
It not only woke the family up in the middle of the night, but it also nearly caused a devastating disaster: the lightning started a barn fire, trapping their 14 Clydesdale horses — including a 3-week-old foal — inside.The fire was rapidly spreading, and the family needed to act quickly.Sadly, the barn doors were locked.They didn’t have time to look for the key, and the power had gone out.However, an unlikely hero saved the day in an unexpected way: the owners’ 16-year-old son, Macon, who drove their John Deer Gator utility vehicle straight into the door.
“I just hurried out.”I didn’t have any clothes, shoes, or anything on,” Macon told WKYC.”I just got in our Gator and ran right into the door.”It was an impromptu, spur-of-the-moment plan, like something out of an action movie — but it worked.He slammed the door open, allowing them to free the Clydesdales before they were consumed by the fire.
“He came in like Rambo and opened up the end of the stalls and said, ‘Mom, this way,'” Shannon explained.”And that way, we were able to push the horses out.”Unfortunately, they were unable to save the farm itself, which reportedly burned down.The family stated that they would have to “start over” and rebuild their farm “brick by brick.”
The important thing, of course, was that the horses survived.The owners stated that their Clydesdales would be participating in parades and other events.They also stated that one of their horses, Phoebe, was expecting a foal soon.A whole slew of lovely horses, all safe and sound thanks to this quick-thinking teen.
Thank you, Macon, for rescuing these lovely horses!Like his mother said, it sounds like something out of an action movie, but it saved these Clydesdales just in time!