Buck, a 15-year-old equine resident at Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Westport, reacts to a perfectly placed scratch by facility co-founder Nancy Van Wie at the recent 15th-anniversary celebration and dedication of the Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center. Van Wie and her husband, Ed Mrozik, established the nonprofit Horse Rescue for the purpose of “equine rescue and rehabilitation and (restoration of) horsemanship, the heritage and humane treatment of the horse,” according to its website. The new center is named for Moorehouse, who, while paraplegic, was able to fulfill her dream of petting a horse at Crane Mountain. She and Buck, who is especially sensitive to human emotions, shared a special affection, Van Wie said. And when Moorehouse could no longer visit the farm, Van Wie sent her photos of Buck that the horse’s friend put on her refrigerator. Moorehouse’s great-grand-niece Ava Stranahan, 11, traveled from California to cut the ribbon at the event. The rescue center relies on donations. Learn more at http://www.cmvhr.org.
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