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eight-years-old. “I have a passion for older horses and special-needs horses,” she adds and has a rescue horse named Lexi that just turned 40. “Nobody wanted her due to her age, so I drove to Tyler and picked her up. She was 36 at the time and obviously pregnant, which was a miracle. She had a foal and both mother and daughter (Audi) are thriving.” With plans to obtain additional property to build a covered arena to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy, Williams has started the ball rolling with grant requests. “We have therapists standing by, the appropriate horses and everything is in order; we are just waiting on the resources so we can obtain the property and start the building,” she says. “We’d like to have 300 acres for this,” says Finch, “but one of our biggest expenses is hay. If we had our own hay production system that would help tremendously.” They are hoping to see this happen within two years. At that time, they plan to also offer horse boarding as an income stream. “What really gets to me are kids with cancer and severe burns,” says Finch. “I want them to be able to come out here and be cowboys and cowgirls and be themselves for a change,” he says. They also plan to have bunk houses for overnight stays. This is where the Greener Pastures Land Fund comes in; more information is on their website. Also on their website are horse photos taken by professional photographers Kathy Oliver and Skeeter Hagler, which are available for purchase. “We see our horses come in skinny and injured, but then we fatten them up and they go out to the pasture and get their glamour shots,” says Williams. Habitat for Horses also plays a part in attempts to end horse slaughter. Finch encourages everyone to learn the background and facts surrounding this compassionless act, and to work within the legal system to put an end to slaughter. Most Americans are unaware that horses are being slaughtered by the thousands so the meat can feed the palates of overseas diners in countries like Belgium, France, Italy and Japan. “A lot of people don’t understand that a horse has an individual personality like a human,” says Williams. “They are thoughtful and smart; they are observers, some are jokesters; they are all different. They are majestic—I could sit and watch them all day long.” With a trainer on staff, the horses have to be evaluated when they first come to the facility. Williams says if you aren’t LIFE IS GOOD! September|October 2013 Photos courtesy of Skeeter Hagler 35

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