I live in the country and I have some interesting neighbors. My neighbors are therapy horses. Miniature horses named Doodlebug and Miss Daisy. Doodlebug is the dark horse and is 8 years old. Miss Daisy is the white horse and is 5 years old.
Miniature horses live to be 20 to 30 years old. They eat hay and alfalfa and enjoy apples and carrots for treats. They don't require a lot of care but do need their hooves trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks and shots once a year. They can be riden by small children but are more often used to pull carts
The horses are used by their owner, Ms. Johnson, a school teacher to help her Special Ed students. She trailers the horses and takes them to school, or to rehabilitation centers, and retirement homes to visit with the residents. Hanicapped, Autistic children, and children with Cerebral Palsy often respond to a visit from these miniature horses and perk right up when they see them. Her students go with her and they benefit right along with the people they visit.
If horses interest you I am sure you will enjoy my picture book, A Horse Of Course, with humorous illustrations by Eugene Ruble and written by Shari Lyle-Soffe. This story of a full grown horse in the house will delight young children up to age 9 years. It is available in ebook formats and soft cover. Click here for free coloring pages and purchase information.