Local Horse Farm Helping Families

August 16, 2017 07:44 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - One Austin family's search for healing for their 2-year-old granddaughter with autism ended at a local horse farm.

Refuge Ranch Ministries, a non-profit organization that rescues miniature horses, has been around since 2014. Wednesday they held a viewing for people who were interested in buying horses.


Faith Riverstone has loved horses for as long as she can remember, but Wednesday she wasn’t adopting a horse for herself.

Instead, she was getting a horse for her 2-year-old granddaughter, Grace, who has autism.

"It really helps her to develop and grow and start to talk and so it’s been the best therapy we’ve ever done to take her riding," said Riverstone.

She said her family tried several kinds of therapy to help Grace start talking but nothing worked until she they put her on a mini horse at a friend's house.

“Lo and behold the next day she started talking so I was like ok we got to keep doing this"

Riverstone spent months looking for a rescue horse to adopt but had no luck until she heard about Refuge Ranch Ministries in Austin.

Stephanie Bruggemen has been rescuing mini horses for years.  Although she wants each horse to have a home she said it's important to find a fit for both the person and the horse.

"We are hoping that in the next two weeks we can place all 22 of them into their homes."

After an hour of looking Riverstone and her granddaughter found their match with a white horse named Silver.

“They’re like dogs with just bigger hearts," said Riverstone.

If anyone is interested in buying a horse, there will 3 upcoming dates this month to do so.  


Lynnette Miller

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