Safe Haven Horse Rescue Center helps horses and people (VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 04:50 PM.

"The horses don't care that I wear the compression sleeve," she said. "It's nice to be at a place where nothing is expected of me.”

The facility welcomes soldiers with wounds, sickness or post-traumatic stress disorder to experience the horses’ healing qualities, Bryan said.

"It’s good for them to be with the animals," he said.

Pegasus, a blue-eyed miniature horse who needed rehabilitation after four years of seclusion in a wooded area, is one of Safe Haven's inhabitants. A miniature horse is 32 inches or shorter, Bryan said. Pegasus is 30 inches and weighs nearly 150 pounds.

Now, Pegasus is training to visit retired and serving U.S. Air Force personnel at Bob Hope Village in Shalimar.

Safe Haven can only care for a limited number of horses due to limited funding and the facility's size, Bryan said.

Eighty percent of the organization's funding comes from Bryan’s retirement; donations fund the remainder.



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