Horse company hit by floods, wind, and arctic storm

7:30 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Some people had to do more last-minute scrambling than others to get ready for the snow and cold.

That was certainly the case at a company called the Mustang Center outside of Longmont, which runs therapy horse riding programs.

Early Tuesday morning, the main barn for the facility suffered heavy wind damage, when a corner of the metal roof peeled back and folded over, exposing some of the horse stalls.

"It reminds me of like a sardine can," said Linda Raulino, who serves as director of the organization. "[The wind sounded] like a freight train."

Raulino also operates a nonprofit at this location called "Horses Make Miracles," which provides therapy horse riding programs for people with disabilities.

The front door was also blown off of the building.

The group evacuated the horses when heavy winds caused noisy vibrations in the barn on Monday night, avoiding any injuries to the animals.

However, the group won't be able to keep its horses in the building during the cold snap due to the damage.

So Raulino and her helpers spent the day making other plans.

"They're going to get bundled up," she said, wrapping the horses in blankets so they can stay outside.

The horses have a wind shelter, which makes it safe for them to be in temperatures as cold as 40 below zero.

The Mustang Center started as a horse rescue and now runs therapy riding programs for people of all ages with different needs.

They've been on this property less than a year and a half, and it's been rough.

The recent floods sent water roaring down the hill behind them.

"With all the rain and everything the water just rushed down right through this barn," Raulino said. "The last couple of months we've kind of cleaned up and recovered from that and now we get hit with a wind storm."

When Colorado gets out of this cold snap, she's not sure how she's going to piece things back together, but she's hoping someone with roofing skills may be able to donate some help.

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