Olaf: A Holiday Success Story
Olaf, his son Frosty, and Poe arrived at Horse Helpers after an April morning call from the Avery County Sheriff’s Department. On the day we picked him up, Olaf was a shaggy, skinny broken-down chestnut gelding. Even though spring was over early this year, he was so starved and wormy that he still had a heavy winter coat.
As is too often the case, Olaf quickly began to show signs of new life just with regular feed and forage. It didn’t take him long to shed out his winter coat and heal from severe skin infections. His former owner had said he was well trained and we soon discovered that he was an easygoing and calm riding horse—a perfect horse for a beginner.
Along came Wendy, the founder of the Stone Creek Equestrian Center in Morganton. She was looking for therapy horses for her therapeutic riding program. Olaf turned out to be a great match and at the end of September, Olaf and I made the trip to Morganton and his new home.
A few weeks later Wendy sent me the photo to the left of a young autistic woman riding her first horse—riding Olaf. Don’t they look great together! He doesn’t even look like the same horse as the one in the photo above. Wendy said the young woman giggled the whole time and Olaf looks like he is having a good time too!
These are the kinds of miracles that happen only with your help. Thank you!
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