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Florida Roommates Shelter Horses From Hurricane Irma Inside Their Home

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Evacuating in anticipation of a hurricane is difficult. Evacuating with pets is even harder. And evacuating with two horses weighing a thousand pounds each is a task unlike any other! Rather than piling their horses Goose and Dixie into trailers and heading north, roommates Georgia Mott and Taittyn Fischer of Okeechobee County, Florida decided to do the next best thing. They brought the horses inside their home to ride out the storm by their sides!

Mott told the Palm Beach Post that they got the idea to shelter the horses in their laundry room when their horse-loving friends began moving their own animals to concrete barns.

“We got the idea to bring them inside the house, seeing as how it sits on a hill and is also made of concrete,” she explained. “We figured it was the safest choice.”


The girls cleared out the laundry room – including the appliances – and coated the floor with hay and shavings. With the help of some calming medication, Goose and Dixie soon made themselves right at home alongside Mott, Fischer and their six dogs.

Mott posted the following video to Facebook on Saturday and it has since gone viral with more than 14 million views!

“The horses have been amazing since we brought them in yesterday evening,” Mott commented. “They are probably more relaxed than I am.”

She shared an update Monday evening saying that the storm had passed leaving minimal flooding and damage in their area.

“I am blown away by the amount of attention it [the video] has gotten and the outpouring of love and support from people around the world,” Mott said.

 

H/T to Palm Beach Post

Featured Images via Facebook/Georgia Mott

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