A HOME FOR EVERY HORSE
We started looking for a horse for my handicapped daughter, Kaylyn, by posting ads in equine groups on Facebook. A few miniatures and ponies came up, but none of them fit the bill just right for our daughter until Ariel came along. Ariel is a 16-year-old Paint pony that was brought into Horse Shoe Rescue as a starved pony needing a forever home with a loving family. She was just the right size for my daughters to ride and was the perfect rescue for us! When the cold winter weather finally warmed up enough to let us go out and meet her, there was an instant bond between Ariel and Kaylyn. Our handicapped daughter pet and talked to her and that pony lit up!
Ariel came home with us as soon as possible, and we began working on new fences for an arena and a barn for the ponies. Now, Ariel lives in the biggest part of the barn, is gaining weight nicely and has found a life of luxury. Soon, Ariel will go on to become Kaylyn’s therapy pony to help improve her balance, control, socialization and coordination. In the short amount of time that Ariel has been a part of our family, Kaylyn has learned to focus when feeding and leading this cute, little pony. It is heartwarming to see Kaylyn talking and smiling at Ariel each day, but it is even more rewarding seeing Ariel perk up whenever her little girl is around.—Anna, Potomac, Ill.