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TMSG: Healing Hearts With Horses

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DEWITT, Mich. (WLNS) - A farm in Clinton County is galloping away at changing the lives of children and adults for the better, thanks to the healing power of little horses.

 

 

"First of all, a horse mirrors you," said Lee Ann Hull, the co-owner of Sierra Rose Farms in DeWitt. "If you're hiding things the public can't know about, like stress or anxiety, a horse is going to cut through it all."

Sierra Rose Farms is home to 29 minature horses, three of which are pregnant, 40 cats and people of all shapes, sizes and ages, six days a week taking part in transformational lessons.

Those lessons are changing lives in a program called "Healing Hearts with Horses." The non-profit helps children and adults heal from all kinds of emotional issues.

Two years ago, because of family problems, Jenna Jaquette, 16, was ordered by a probate judge to come here. She says it was the last thing she ever wanted to do.

"My first reaction was no. I was terrified of horses. I wouldn't let a horse touch me. I wouldn't look at a horse or anything... Horses understand people so well and each individual horse can help any different problem," said Jenna.

 

It took some time, but Jenna says, thanks to this program, things at home are much better. She now volunteers for the stable and gives Lee Ann and all the little horses the credit.

Hull says she's seen "about 500 kids and women and families" walk through the stable doors, "all of [whom] have gotten something out of it."

On Saturday from 4p.m.-8p.m., they will hold an adult fundraiser at the farm in DeWitt. Proceeds will help support the Equine Interactive Learning Programs for Women, Children & Families in Emotional Need or at Risk Youth. There will be a mini-derby horse race, along with food, a live auction, prizes and more. If you'd like more information, email sierrarosefarms@aol.com or call 517-668-0057.

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