Appaloosa Horses Lost in Two Barn Fires

The Appaloosa Horse Club extends its sincere regrets to two families who recently lost horses in barn fires.The Appaloosa Horse Club extends its sincere regrets to two families who recently lost horses in barn fires.

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The Appaloosa Horse Club extends its sincere regrets to two families who recently lost horses in barn fires.

On January 9, 2006, at 3 a.m., former director and president, Larry Edwards of Dayton, Ohio, awoke to the smell of smoke and saw one of his barns was on fire. Five fire departments responded to the call, but the fire claimed the lives of 10 boarded horses. There was $30,000 damage to the barn neighboring the one that had caught fire. It housed Edwards’ two horses, which were unhurt.

"I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers from around the country," Edwards says. "My Appaloosa family has been good to me."

Another fire took place on the night of Friday, January 13, 2006. Jim and Mary Farmer of Happy Appy Acres in Lutts, Tennessee, were awakened by their dogs and saw their barn on fire.

Lightning had struck and by 3:30 a.m. the horse and the hay barn were in flames. Jim rushed into the burning barn and was able to free seven horses, including one Arabian and six Appaloosas.

Nine horses, including seven Appaloosas, were lost in the fire: four stallions, three mares, one gelding and a foal. The Farmers also lost their hay barn with 800 bales.

The community is helping Jim and Mary rebuild- the local hardware and lumber store donated two loads of wood to start building a new horse barn and a local family brought over two round bales of hay.

The Farmers appreciate any help and support from the Appaloosa community and are determined to persevere and continue their love of breeding and raising foundation-bred Appaloosas. You can visit www.happyappyacres.com, e-mail coyote@netease.net or call (931) 724-5255 to contact Mary or Jim.