Pony Miracles
Reader's Digest US|September 2021
WHEN OUR WEE group of miniature horses enters a room, it’s Magic, queen of the herd, who always seems to find the person who needs her most. The room on this day is in a Florida assisted living facility and is full of residents, staff, family, and even a local news photographer.
JORGE AND DEBBIE GARCIA-BENGOCHEA

Little Hero Horse Magic

HIGH SPRINGS, FLORIDA

Yet Magic wanders over and rests her head in the lap of one particular resident, who begins talking to her. “Isn’t she beautiful?” the resident says. The activities director begins to cry. It turns out that the woman hadn’t spoken a word since she arrived three years ago.

That’s the Magic touch. Our 14-year-old therapy miniature horse has nuzzled the hearts of many. She’s been called in to comfort survivors of tragedy and natural disaster, as well as patients and residents at hospitals and assisted living facilities. Often our little black pony comes home with pink and red stains on her white nose from being kissed by all the ladies.

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