Who knows what any hurricane season may bring? Thankfully, horse lovers can have their horses’ safety concerns put at ease with hurricane storm shelter available at three locally owned and managed horse facilities.
Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village, Palm Beach Downs and Delray Equestrian Center are three safe havens for horse owners.
Whether the horses are boarded year-round at one of the facilities, or need a place to be sheltered during a storm, these farms are ready for both owners and horses with high and dry turnouts.
Advanced registration is requested, as reservations hold your spot, but concrete block stalls with metal roofs and dorms are available at a first come, first served basis.
“There have been times when horses, and their owners, didn’t have a place to go… they just had to ride out the storm,” manager Brandon Mills said. “To the horse owners, their equines are more than just four-legged projects, they are best friends and companions. They want their horses to be safe, and in any one of our three facilities, they will be. We are within close proximity to the turnpike and located just off of State Road 7, so we are easy to access. We have parking for trailers, too.”
Additionally, the farms offer dormitory rooms, which have concrete block walls with metal roofs and an on-site kitchen with generators on standby. The facility also has police and a fire station nearby.
“We do ask that people follow Palm Beach County rules during a storm, but this is a safe shelter for families, their horses, livestock and other pets,” Mills said. “Space in these shelters will become limited very quickly, and we all know when storms come, we need to act quickly. That is why early registration or a call is needed as the storm nears, and a reservation helps to guarantee your spot and ease your worries. We offer on-site shavings and feed.”
Pricing is as follows: Dry stalls may be reserved at a cost of $200 per stall (non-refundable) through the hurricane season. This fee will guarantee a dry stall for each storm for a maximum of seven days per stall. Stalls used for more than seven days before, during and after storm will be charged $25 per day.
Anyone choosing not to reserve stalls prior to the hurricane season will be charged a minimum of $100 per dry stall (non-refundable) for three days per storm.
Stalls used more than three days before, during and after storm will be charged $25 per day.