“Deeply as we deplore the loss of human life, there is that in our natures which makes the suffering and tortures of our poor helpless dumb servants and friends, the horses, particularly painful,” wrote Asheville resident, Theo F. Davidson, in a 1917 letter to the editor.
“More than a million horses died in the bloody four-year conflict, yet their vast contribution and sacrifice is often overlooked or ignored.”
A retired ER physician and 4 horses have a dream — to make an equine-disaster-relief and search-and-rescue unit.
Facing tough economic times, Mountin’ Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center recently sold its farm and has been reorganizing to carry forward in 2012.
The children who attend summer camp at Cedar Hill Farm make any city-dwelling adult want to venture to a nearby farm, don some cowboy boots and mount a horse.
In a small ceremony last Friday, Aug. 5, children ages 5 to 12 showed off their horse-handling and riding skills at Cedar Hill, owned by Mark and Becky Holt. The kids completed a weeklong summer camp with local resident Stephanie O’Neil, an established competitor in horse jumping, showing, and dressage.