Mini horses from Fla. head to grieving Conn. town

Published On: Dec 24 2012 07:18:14 AM EST

David Allbritton/CNN

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Miniature horses from Florida are on their way to comfort the residents of a grieving Connecticut town.

Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses says four small horses will be working with children, families and first responders in Newtown, Conn.

Garcia-Bengochea tells The Gainesville Sun that other organizations working in the aftermath of the Dec. 13 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School asked the Gainesville charity to join them. The horses frequently work with at-risk children and in schools, hospitals and hospice programs.

A Newtown horse farm is providing stalls and pastures for the horses when they're not working. They'll spend their nights in a heated horse ambulance.

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