Horse That Was Shot In Head Making Smooth Recovery


UPDATED: Friday January 6, 2012 9:05 PM

A horse shot in the head and left for dead was recovering on Friday at a Columbus therapeutic riding facility.

Pam Bosch, an equine professional who runs Willow Ridge Therapeutic Riding Facility said that the horse, named Sophie, was making an amazing recovering and soon would get to help those in need.

Willow Ridge helps special needs children gain self esteem, 10TV’s AJ Smith reported.

In May, Sophie was shot in the face, and for 22 days, she wandered the woods of Hardin County unable to eat, Smith reported.

The horse was taken to the Ohio State University equine clinic, and after surgery and months of therapy, Sophie needed a home, Bosch said.

“We do the same thing every day, day in and day out,” Bosch said. “And that is really beneficial for a horse to reach a comfort level and get acclimated.”

Currently, Sophie is working on ground training, which means no one is riding her, Smith reported.

Bosch said that she hoped that would change by summer, though.

“You get respect for the ground first before you put the saddle on her back,” Bosch said.

Bosch said that Sophie has a calm temperament and was making quick progress. She said that she hoped Sophie could work with children later this year.

“Considering everything that’s she’s been through, she has to regain her trust and a lot of kids for whatever reason, they need to learn to trust as well. So it’s a give and take,” Bosch said.

Willow Ridge, a non-profit, runs on donations, and it costs about $400 a month to feed each horse, Smith reported.

Those interested in contacting the facility should call 614-778-9122 or e-mail willowridge@ohio.net.

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