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I am a firm believer that relationships with animals benefit all people greatly.Everyone benefits from the love of an animal

A few minutes with an animal can turn a bad day around.

When my kids are grumpy, fighting with a sibling, overwhelmed with school work, frustrated with me, tired, lonely, you name it… I send them outside for a few minutes with our animals and their mood usually turns right around!

I find the same for myself. When I’m over-tired and having a rough day, stealing away for a few moments with our animals is like a breath of fresh air. Ten minutes later I’m back inside, a better Momma and feeling more peaceful and calm.Clover the pig outside her barn

Animals love unconditionally, no matter what. They don’t care about our differences, our problems, our failures; whether we are old or young, sick or well, happy or sad, quiet or loud. They just enjoy our attention and affection.

Loving on our new, yet to be named, kitten

Study after study proves, animals make people happier and healthier.

In my community, Angelic Riders offers therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional needs. Did you know that because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength? Not to mention all the great social and emotional benefits that come from the opportunity to interact with an animal.

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