“It’s all about spreading the word,” McAdams said.
Dusty, a gentle horse in her 20s, comfortable around children and other living things, is the group’s poster horse. Taking too long to recover from an injury for the riding school that owned her, she recovered under Amazing Grace Equine’s care and became a valuable addition to “Ponies for Parties” as a mellow party animal.
Kerins said she’s glad she found a good horse, too.
“I grew up on an Arabian horse farm,” she said. “There’s something special about horses. It teaches [children] empathy. It teaches them that a lot of other creatures in the world feel pain and joy. It teaches them you have to work — lots of physical work in taking care of a horse.”
She and Morgan met the horse she described as “a standard bred horse for harness racing” at Hidden Acres Equestrian Center in Carver, which served as its foster home. Although she wasn’t actively looking for a horse, Kerins said, “I looked at her, brushed her, and fell in love with her right away. She was as sweet as can be.”
Taking a liking to a horse at first sight is not uncommon, said Twombly, who believes many people’s hearts, and lives, have been touched by their relationship with horses.
When you rescue or “foster” a horse, you may hold back from falling in love with it, Twombly said.
“When you adopt,” she said, it’s “total love.”
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