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Safe Haven hosts girl scout gathering

Earning a merit badge and learning how to care for abused and neglected horses, it was all part of a unique field day for some East Texas girl scouts. It was the first annual girl scout horsemanship day held at Safe Haven equine rescue center in Upshur county. Over 70 girl scouts from all over East Texas came to Safe Haven, to earn a horsemanship badge and learn a little something about special horses.

"Horse education classes. A lot of them have been starved, neglected. All these horses are rescue horses. They've gone through our program we've got them healthy," says Safe Haven director Richard Fincher.

They were schooled in everything from grooming , to tack, to hoof maintenance.

"Like on the bottom and to do all that. I like seeing and doing everything," says 5 year old girl scout Melody Burrow.

The horses that have little reason to trust humans, most neglected and abused, yet seem forgiving in the presence of the young ladies.

"They're all back to normal now , with their second chance. They don't act like they were ever neglected," says scout troop 79 member Paige Howard.

Safe haven workers plan to make the outing an annual event with the girl scouts.

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