Stateline Oregon resident Amy Branham is in the process of starting a different kind of rehabilitation facility. “Hooves and Hearts” is designed to help abused and handicapped children, and possibly battered women. According to Branham, interacting with the horses will create a more positive healing experience than just meeting in a doctor’s office. She said, “A lot of children won’t open up in an office setting. They open up a lot more [in the Hooves and Hearts environment], you can relate to them a lot more. They can work with the animals.” She adds that the children will learn self-esteem, which she believes they can’t accomplish without physical contact.
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