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Hot Shot, a newly born miniature horse on Keith and Sue Swanson's farm, has bright blue eyes. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Woman feels healing power of miniature horses


The 23 miniature horses on Keith and Sue Swanson's ranch are docile, gentle creatures.

They don't snort, jump or rear their heads, unless a new mother feels her colt is being threatened.

Mostly, they're a soothing presence on the farm northeast of Park Rapids.

"They were my antidepressants, my therapy," Sue said.

Sue's lifelong love of horses began as a kid. Her family owned a riding stable on Long Lake for many years.

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