Shorty’s Safe Haven Spring Fest is April 8 in Magnolia Springs
Spring Festival will be held at the non-profit’s Magnolia Springs campus on April 8 from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m. Located at 12866 Hwy. 98, Shorty’s Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Rehab brings foster/adopted/at risk youth and rescue horses together for therapy.
Festivities include pictures with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg hunts at noon and 2 p.m. (Bring your own basket).
Join friends for a fun filled day shopping amongst the local vendors and used tack sale vendors. Activities include a silent auction, pony rides, bounce house, hay rides and concessions.
Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the foster families that Shorty’s serves. There is nefer a charge to foster families for its services, and Shorty’s runs solely on donations. For more info, call Amber at 251-213-8526.
Shorty’s benefits the children by offering them a friend (horse). They spend time learning all about horse ownership and most of all they build trust in the horse. The trust they build with the horse carries over into their everyday life. The horses have a natural healing for things like behavior and anxiety disorders many foster kids suffer from.
Shorty’s also offers mentor services to the older kids that may not have many life skills. They can help on the farm and learn skills that will carry over into any trade career. The farm experience gives them a sense of responsibility and confidence. Having a horse as a companion teaches children to love and care for another living thing.