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Updated Feb 18, 2013 - 8:28 am

Ariz. program pairs sick horses with troubled youth

Reigning Grace Ranch Rescue, a non-profit organization, pairs rescued horses with at-risk, troubled children. (Photo by Sandra Haros/KTAR)

SCOTTSDALE -- There was no note. There was no call from the owner explaining why they had tied their sick horse to a fence at the Arizona Humane Society and just took off.

Through a series of events, the horse ended up with Amanda Moore, the owner of Reigning Grace Ranch Rescue. The non-profit organization pairs rescued horses with at-risk, troubled children.

"What's most sad for me is that she never asked for that," said Moore. "The horse is blind in one eye and slowly losing sight in the other. Her teeth and hooves are in very poor shape, and she could have cancer."

But it seems the sick horse who's been renamed Esperanza, the Spanish word for "hope", will get the much-needed medical attention she deserves. In turn, Esperanza will one day be helping the children who attend the program.

Moore urges horse owners that if they can no longer care for their animal, do not leave a horse in the desert, at the Humane Society or list the animal on CraigsList. Instead, find a horse rescue. There are several in the state that can accommodate more horses.

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About the Author


Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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