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Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy

 

These two girls are inseparable.  They absolutely go everywhere together so we will address them as 1 horse.  After all if we put both of their weights and heights together they still would not make 1 horse.  Pride and Joy have spent the last couple of years training to both pull a cart for the disabled that are unable to ride, as well as taking the time to work on manners for working inside of a building. They are being trained to be taken into the VA hospital to visit with wounded warriors that are unable to come to Tranquil Valley to visit.  The healing power of a miniature horse is amazing.  Can you imagine being in a hospital under psychiatric care and have someone walk a mini into your room?  Just the horsey smell that accompanies them has taken many a warrior back to “greener pastures” during happier times.  They speak of times when they visited grandma or grandpa as a child.  This awakening of better times is just what the doctor ordered for someone that has possibly lost all will to live.  As a Veteran that has seen and experienced unspeakable things, dark times that haunt their every waking moment and their dreams, doing only what they were trained to do as a war fighter, as a warrior, it is often harder to come home and get back to the “normal” life that they held before deployment.  I do not believe that that is ever possible, but we do need to get them to a place that they are comfortable with.  We need to find those greener pastures again and teach them to enjoy living again.  That is the job of Pride and Joy, these two adorable little minis. 

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