Mini horses make big impact at Franklin Horse Supply
Violet Andrews, 9, hugs Magic during the meet and greet at Franklin Tractor Supply last week.
Last week, Franklin Horse Supply invited two miniature furry guests, therapy horses Magic and Hamlet, who delighted children and adults with their calm, small kind ways last week.
Although the horses are small in stature, it doesn’t detract from the huge impact that they have made across the nation and international communities.
The miniature horses visited the Franklin store from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that operates out of Florida. Magic and Hamlet were selected as the 2014 Breyer Model Horses by Breyer, a well-known model horse factory. Franklin Horse Supply is currently selling the miniature Breyer horse models at their store.
“I like them because they are so teeny,” Violet Andrews, 9, said, who stepped forward to hug the real life miniature Magic at the celebration last week.
The tiny horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs and with children who have experienced traumatic events. They have even visited the school children of Sandy Hook twice and Vanderbilt children’s hospital. Therapy horse Magic was named by TIME Magazine as one of History’s Ten Most Heroic Animals (the only living animal on the list).
“Magic uses the power of intuition to help others,” Jorge Garcia, head trainer, said. “She always seems to know who needs the most help, and she always seems to find them.”
Ames Krebs, owner of Franklin Horse Supply, enjoyed the event with his family, customers and friends.
“We wanted to promote horsemanship among young people and grownups,” said Krebs. “We love to ride and want to introduce as many as people as possible to riding.”
At the Krebs’ farm on Wilson Pike, the family houses about seven horses, 11 sheep, and 25 chickens.
“We want everyone to enjoy rural life,” Krebs said. “We live the way a lot of our customers live – with horses and tractors.”
The Krebs family hosted the Breyer event last week at their store Franklin Horse Supply on Columbia Avenue. Sherrin and Ames Krebs with children Beck, Liam, Orrin and Amy joined by horse trainer Jorge Garcia.
Posted on: 12/16/2013