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A foster child has a life-changing experience after connecting with a Thoroughbred in California. Photo courtesy Julie Baker

TRF horses to help amputees after past success

His hair hung in a long fringe hiding his face, and his affect was one of hanging back, of remaining separate from the group. Until one day the boy made eye contact with the fiery Thoroughbred Viva, a mare who rarely let anybody touch her on the face. He walked quietly over and reached his hand up placing it firmly on her forehead. The two now stood together as if each recognizing a friend in the other. “That moment just stands out for me,” says Julie Baker, president of Healing Arenas, Inc., a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to support […]