Charleston horses evacuate from Hurricane Florence to Tryon


Dozens of horses from Charleston evacuated to Tryon ahead of Hurricane Florence Tuesday.

Twenty-three horses from Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding sought shelter in Tryon at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center for the third year in a row.

It was exactly one year ago that they arrived here to evacuate Charleston for Hurricane Irma. Rebecca Carmody, Barn Manager at the Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, says their positive experiences in Tryon in the past led to their decision to evacuate in Tryon.

“It was worth driving a little farther for the help, the care…people with experience who were able to help us,” she says.

The center has emptied its 300 stalls to make room for coastal horses, free of charge. They are also asking for volunteers.

“We need help from volunteers to help come walk horses, feed horses, water them,” says Tracie Hanson, Executive Director of Foothills Equestrian Nature Center.

The center has taken about 100 stall reservations from coastal horse owners over the past few days, and the community is reaching out too.

“We immediately started already getting emails from people over the weekend saying ‘We’ve got farmland; come use it…we’ve got a bedroom somebody can come stay in,’” she says.

Harmon Field in Tryon has about 150 horse stalls it is also offering to evacuees for free and has already taken about 50 reservations.

The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center still needs more volunteers to help care for horses. Click here for contact information.

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