Hooves for Heroes offers respite, healing for military, kids and families

Hooves for Heroes

Left, Isabella Peters, 3, receives a nuzzle from Firefly, her miniature pony, on her family's Silent Hooves Horse Farm in Holt. Right, Lexi Peters, pictured with one of her horses, cofounded the farm's Hooves for Heroes equine assistance therapy program.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 05:15 PM.

HOLT — Since June, a country horse farm near the end of a quiet dirt lane has provided respite for returning military members, special-needs children and their families.

Operating Silent Hooves Horse Farm and its Hooves for Heroes program is a "dream come true," owner Lexi Peters said.

With her husband, newly promoted Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Peters, recently deployed to Afghanistan with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Lexi understands returning service members' special needs.

Transitioning to home life after the stress of deployment can be difficult, she said.

Peters, a Special Olympics volunteer, said opening the farm's Hooves for Heroes programto children with special needs goes hand-in-hand with offering equine assistance therapies to military members and their families.

"I always wanted to help out kids," she said. "I really didn't even think about soldiers until my husband started deploying."

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