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Therapy horse visits Dallas-area Rambling Oaks Extensive Care Community in Highland Village


When people think of Texas, they think of wide open spaces, oil wells, cowboys, country music and, of course, rodeos and horses.   Eloise is a resident at Rambling Oaks Retirement Home in Highland Village, Texas, just northwest of Dallas.  Eloise had moved to Texas several years ago and had always had a desire to see a real cowboy ride a flesh-and-blood horse.  Last year, Eloise's request got passed around and the local folks started to search for a horse and a cowboy who could fulfill that wish. 

Word got around to Chase, an experienced wrangler (that's someone who is really good with horses). Late last year, Chase started looking for the right horse to use and had at least one false start when he went to see a horse, but decided that particular horse would have been too excitable for this kind of task. 

Chase did some additional inquiring at church and at basketball and was referred to Kathy and Tux by another horse owner who felt that Tux would be the best horse for this job.  Tux has been in Christmas and Fourth of July parades, has gone to visit the Sunday School children at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church and even helped rescue a woman with a broken leg on a horse trail.  So, Tux was definitely a good choice for being the horse to visit the home.  

Because the weather was near freezing and overcast, Eloise and her friends were only able to just come outside the front door and stay under cover.  But, as you can see in the slide show, they did see Chase ride Tux on a small section of grass and were also able to give Tux horse-cookie treats for a job well done. 


  • Margo 5 years ago

    Awesome article and pictures.

  • Pat 5 years ago

    Looks like a lovely, friendly horse.

  • Chase 5 years ago

    Thank you Kathy & Margo for helpin' make Eloise's wish come true.
    It was my priveledge to be part of the day.
    God bless.

  • Janis 5 years ago

    What an inspirational story! God is good...all the time!

  • Pennie 5 years ago

    Fabulous story! Seems everyone is always looking for things to do for children, but often our elders go unnoticed. I'm sure this visit from Tux warmed the hearts and souls of those elders and they probably are still talking about the day he came to visit! Good job!

  • Jeanne 5 years ago

    Kathy, I loved the story about Tux and Eloise. Smoothly written.
    Tux looks a bit like my Cowboy (the Tenn. Walker). I'm late in writing this, saw the story earlier and saved it. Let's have more stories about Tux!

  • Jane Gresham 5 years ago

    Tux did a great job and brought joy to those who really appreciate it. Great going, Kathy!

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