Mozart and Catherine, two trained therapy horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, have died after an attack by neighbor’s dogs. Mozart was found dead in his pasture by caretakers. Catherine was still alive but badly injured when she was discovered after the March 4 attack. She was treated for 10 days at an equine hospital, but ultimately her injuries proved fatal.
Gentle Carousel’s work with therapy Minis spans a wide range of situations across several regions of the country. The organization is headquartered in Florida, but has satellite locations in New York and Los Angeles. The horses frequently visit hospitals, assisted living facilities and hospice programs to bring some light into the lives of children and adults in difficult situations. They also visit schools, youth programs and libraries as part of a literacy promotion program.
The horses have been in the news for traveling to comfort people in the aftermath of tragedy, including tornadoes in Oklahoma and the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2012, Gentle Carousel horses visited Newtown, Connecticut, after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Catherine was among the therapy horses that comforted friends, family and members of the community after that tragic act of violence.
A GoFundMe page is currently set up to help raise funds to cover Catherine’s vet bill.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com