Mini horses provide giant rewards to humans, and vice versa

Jeanne Oliver, president and founder of So Cal Miniature Horse Sanctuary in Hemet, with “senior” minis Stan the Man, at left, and Snacks. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
For all the mini horses that have been saved from a harsh life or certain death but lucky enough to find a haven at So Cal Miniature Horse Sanctuary, there are just as many humans who feel they are the ones who benefit from being around such beautiful and loving animals. Jeanne Oliver, president and founder of the Hemet-based nonprofit, grew up with a deep love for horses but after a traumatic accident she stopped riding. Though she never climbed back into the saddle, she never turned her back on the animals or lost her love for them. In July of this year, the sanctuary was accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the highest status an animal organization can receive. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legiti
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