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Peaceful Ridge Horse Rescue Puts on Show for Veterans

Veterans were honored at the Peaceful Ridge Rescue by a show from the ranch's finest.



    (Published Sunday, May 25, 2014)

    On the eve of Memorial Day, Peaceful Ridge Rescue honored fallen heroes Sunday by putting on a show.

    American flags flying high, volunteers at the horse rescue ranch hopped on their saddles and performed a flag routine and tricks for the audience.

    "They fought for our country and that's the least we can do for them," said Angelica Pontorno, who takes lessons at the Peaceful Ridge Rescue.

    The rescue's president Victor Cutino served in the Navy and said it's important to remember friends and family that have died in the line of duty.

    "It's a very sad thing, and I know all of us either know someone or have a friend or a family member, a cousin, uncle or aunt who has passed away and we have to salute them and tribute them because they are out there doing this for us," Cutino said.

    This weekend, Peaceful Ridge is also hosting an adopt-a-thon for more than 30 horses who are in need of homes. Cutino said the horses are also an American symbol.0

    "Back in the day, before we had the tanks and the jeeps, we had horses and that's how they fought in the war," Cutino said. "The horses gave up their lives also."

    Courtesy Fontenelle Forest Rehabilitation Center

    Horse adoptions start at $200 and the staff at Peaceful Ridge offers lessons for those who want to learn more about their new friends.

    The ranch also has several horses they call "pasture pals" that they say would be good companions for those who already have one horse. The pasture pals are horses that are 25 years or older.

    Many of those veterans who were in attendance said they couldn't help but fall for the animals.

    "Just come here and you'll fall in love," veteran Will Rivera said. "Horses are there for you, they never judge you, they're your best friend."

    For more information on adopting one of the Peaceful Ridge horses, click here.

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