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Barn collapse in Lebanon affects 20 rescue horses, children who care for them

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Horse barn roof in Lebanon collapsed on Wednesday Horse barn roof in Lebanon collapsed on Wednesday

The never ending winter weather strikes again, and this time it is to blame for a barn collapse in Lebanon.

It's a devastating turn of events for the owner of the Stirrup Fun Stables, who not only rescues horses but, with the help of children, restores their lives too.

"I'm going to rebuild and we're going to survive,” said Jeanna Prink, owner of Stirrup Fun Stables.

She said she can't believe what she came home to on Wednesday morning, when her “hoop” barn, where she gives horse riding lessons to children, was destroyed.

The collapse was likely because of the weight of snow on its roof.

"It's my family. I do not have any children. These children are my children so this is a loss to my family,” Prink said.

Thankfully no children were inside of the barn when it collapsed, and neither were the 20 rescue horses.

However, the hay that is used to feed them is now exposed to the air and will soon rot.

Prink estimates that the damages caused by the last storm will cost as much as $200,000, and insurance won't cover it.

"We've been keeping an eye on it but apparently with the weight of some of the rain we had that made it heavier it just couldn't do its job,” she said.

The major problem is how to keep this horse farm up and running without an indoor arena for lessons.

Those lessons, with the 30 or so families, help pay to make sure the animals are fed and the barn is kept in tip-top shape.

Before they get to ride, the children help to rehabilitate the horses.

"As the owner I don't know what's more rewarding... seeing the animals go through this process or the children,” Prink said.

Since the collapse, Prink said she has received an outpouring of support, and while she understands that her barn won't get back in the saddle without some help, she is overwhelmed by the generosity of so many.

"I feel guilty for everything that everyone has offered to give because it is much easier to give than it is to receive,” Prink said.

To help Stirrup Fun Stables get back in the saddle, a GoFundMe page has been set up, which can be found by clicking here.

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