|New Palisade business hopes to reconnect people with horses, visits Sunrise Heights residents|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00|
Last Wednesday Lori Britton, kneeling, with Little Patch of Painted Heroes, brought two miniature horses to Sunrise Heights of Wauneta to visit the residents. Donnaline Kitt, sitting, was one of the nearly 20 residents who spent time with the horses at the nursing home-sponsored event. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The residents at Sunrise Heights of Wauneta had a treat last Wednesday when Lori Britton with Little Patch of Painted Heroes brought two miniature horses to the nursing home to visit the residents.
Britton recently moved to the Palisade area, making her home and business headquarters four and a half miles south of Palisade.
She said she wanted to bring the miniature horses to the nursing home to visit the residents because she’s a strong believer in tying the church, businesses, kids and community together.
In all, approximately 20 of Sunrise Height’s residents took advantage of the mini ponies who came for a visit. Some of the residents sat outside with the miniature horses for the better part of an hour.
Vicki Nelson said watching the residents with the miniature horses “made her heart sing.”
“I saw residents that we can’t get out of their room for a regular activity come out and pet and touch and come alive with excitement,” she explained. “It made me feel good to see the reaction to these miniature horses.”
The miniature horses who visited Sunrise Heights residents were rescued from the fires in Colorado. In fact, 90 percent of Britton’s 18 horses have been rescued.
Before moving to the area, Britton operated her business from Erie, Colo. She moved to this area in the spring. Right now she’s working to get the horses situated.
Britton’s Little Patch of Painted Heroes are available for all kinds of events. In the past she has taken her ponies to birthday parties, customer appreciation events and community events, just to name a few.
She said she has mini horses, ponies and full-size horses available to be loved on by those who love horses. Her horses can be petted, talked to, loved and some can be ridden.
She commented that many people today do not have access to horses, or the therapeutic benefits one can find from interacting with horses. She would like to give more people access to horses.
Britton prefers to have the horses hand-led by someone when being ridden by children to give them a more hands-on approach over riding in a circle.
In addition to being available for paid events, Britton welcomes those who love horses to volunteer at her location south of Palisade. She said volunteers are welcome to help feed, groom or exercise the horses. Britton also accepts donation of aluminum cans, which she uses to help provide for the horses.
She would also welcome help to build fence, building, experienced riders to exercise the horses or people to come and help spend time walking horses and brushing them.
“The more hands-on I have with these horses,” the better they are with seniors, Britton said. “My goal is to have them spend time with seniors and kids.”
Those who are interested in having Little Patch of Painted Heroes at their event or those who would like to volunteer may call Britton at 720-550-9607.
Esther Lytle, right seated, pets the miniature horse “Rebel” during the horses’ visit to the nursing home while Lori Britton, standing, looks on. Meanwhile, residents, from top left, Virleen Anderson, Marjorie Darrington and Lucille McBride look on and share stories about interactions with horses from their past. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)