Miniature horses, big benefits at Mustard Seed Farm in Foster
By MELANIE THIBEAULT, Valley Breeze Staff Writer
FOSTER – Nestled down a dirt driveway off Plainfield Pike in Foster is a big, red barn that has an even bigger mission to help people grow and learn, face challenges, and celebrate diversity with a little help from horses.
The Mustard Seed Farm, a nonprofit organization located at Red Rock Farm at 189 Plainfield Pike, was founded in Rhode Island a year and a half ago by Peggy Trimmer, a licensed foster care trainer and equine therapist who moved to Rhode Island from Ohio.
As both a clinical and non-clinical equestrian center, Mustard Seed mainly offers equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted growth and learning programs for children and adults, Trimmer said.
Trimmer, who grew up with horses and began a career in social work in 1990, said she thinks that equine therapy is a great way to help people understand more about themselves and one another.
“It’s powerful, it’s moving,” she said. “It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Her beloved horse, Heart’s Desire, nicknamed Dez, passed away in 2011 and inspired the program……..FULL ARTICLE