Classic City Clydesdales in Bishop, Georgia, was struck by lightning during the early morning hours of Feb. 24, and the barn was set ablaze with over a dozen horses, including a 3-week-old foal, trapped inside.
“It shook the whole house," owner Shannon Martin told 11Alive of the lightning bolt that ignited her family business. "One minute I am in bed; the next minute I am standing up next to the bed trying to figure out what bomb went off.”
Luckily, 16-year-old Macon Martin was on the scene. He’d always felt a sense of connection to the horses their family raised and he leaped into action. Macon, his 21-year-old brother Austin Beauchamp and their father Mark Martin rushed to save their horses from their home half-mile down the road from their home.
"I just had on my underwear, but all I could think about was the animals. The doors are electric, so I used the Gator (utility vehicles) to ram through the doors of the barn, then my dad and my brother went in to let the horses out. At first, they wouldn't even move because they were so scared," Macon told FOX 5 Atlanta.
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Shannon said her son acted like a hero. “He busted through like Rambo and opened up the end of the stalls and said, 'Mom this way' and we were able to push the horses out that way,” she explained.
Beauchamp also credited his brother’s quick thinking with saving the horses. "Heck yeah I'm proud of that guy. If he hadn't done what he did, we'd all be a whole lot worse off than we are right night," he said.
Although all the horses are safe, including one named Phoebe, who is pregnant, the family’s barn was destroyed. “It will take some time to rebuild," Shannon said. "This was a dream. We saved and built it brick-by-brick. We’ll have to start over.”