Gritty Bit: November - Meadowlark Farm & Stable is Hurricane Prepared
It’s 7am and the sun is rising just above the tree line. Sharon Massaglia has already had two cups of coffee and is walking the front pasture of Meadowlark Farm and Stable to check fencing as she calls the horses in for their first feeding of the day. “I’m a stickler for safety”, she says as I ask about her routine. “I ran a dental practice for 20 years before opening my boarding facility so I pay close attention to all the little details. If you catch things early, you can prevent many lifelong issues.”
Located in Stuart, FL, Meadowlark Farm and Stable is a new 20-acre equestrian facility within a gated horse community. The newly built barn is crafted of CBS (Concrete Block Structure) and can withstand a category 4 hurricane. Its seven spacious 12x12 stalls overlook one of 7 paddocks, a signature 100x200 arena, and a beautiful pond that attracts its namesake bird. The state-of-the-art fire suppression system adds another layer of safety for the horses and their owners. “Hurricanes are a real threat here in Florida so we built a facility where our horses are safe during any storm. We don’t have to evacuate. In fact we offer emergency boarding for horse owners who have to evacuate during storms,” Sharon commented.
Massaglia’s facility has a mile-long bridle path that boarders and students often use to practice the riding skills they’ve learned from their instructors. Her path connects to a number of community-owned paths where riders can cast off the stress of the day and lose themselves in the rhythmic beat of hooves hitting the ground, gently swaying in the saddle.
When I asked Sharon why she became a small business listing on GoHorse, her answer was simple, “I’m a new boarding facility that’s building its client base. I needed an efficient, cost-effective way to showcase my business to as many people as possible. On GoHorse I can be found by customers I can’t reach anywhere else.”
GoHorse has over 30,000 people interested in horse activities visit its site every month. People search for boarding facilities, farriers, veterinarians and other businesses focused on equine activities. With over 15,000 businesses currently on GoHorse, it’s become the horse community’s destination for all-things horse related.
Sharon’s journey to Meadowlark Farm and Stable began four years ago when she liberated her first rescue horse, Ransom, from a kill pen. He was emaciated, terrified and defeated. She brought him home, assessed all of his needs and began the long journey to a healthy, happy life. Ransom was an 18-year old stallion when she got him. Sharon immediately gelded him and began intensive treatment of his psychological and physical issues. Ransom quickly learned to trust her and responded well to treatment and training. Eventually they discovered that he had EPM, a parasitic infection that can cause devastating neurologic disease. After several rounds of treatment, his negative behaviors melted away and he became an extraordinary horse for children and inexperienced adults who wanted to learn how to ride. Sadly, Ransom passed away earlier this year, not long after Meadowlark Farm and Stable opened its doors.
Sharon’s passion for horses is expressed in all of the details she’s incorporated into her facility. Her focus on safety and comfort for her boarding clients is unsurpassed, whether it’s ensuring that all of her horses have unlimited hay when stalled or her 24/7 active monitoring of the grounds. Her clients are assured that their horses are well-cared for. To learn more about Meadowlark Farm and Stable, check out their listing on GoHorse.com
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Until next time…happy trails!
by Libby Fakier