A ‘mini’ workout in Malibu

Scott Steepleton, Editor | April 1, 2021   

Stuck on the ranch for a year because of COVID, two “hooved angels” spent time in Malibu on Thursday getting ready to fulfill a high calling: healing hearts and minds.

Pacific Desert Sky and Pacific Blue Lily are miniature horses from the nonprofit Mini Therapy Horses, whose nine equine practitioners provide a calming sensory experience for those in need. Before the pandemic, the horses were regulars at veterans facilities, hospitals and juvenile courts in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond. They’ve even appeared in the Rose Parade.

But the pandemic put a stop to the visits.

Now that things are reopening, the horses are preparing to spread “hope and healing for a healthy future.”

That means meeting people, learning to walk on a variety of surfaces, navigating tight indoor spaces and getting comfortable around moving cars, Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, the charity’s founder and executive director, told Surfside News at the first stop on Thursday’s training, outside Malibu Library. Read the full story