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“I had room in my barn,” she said nonchalantly. “If you’re feeding 10, why not 12?”
A pivotal wishbone
Turner said she was volunteering with We Can Ride, a therapeutic riding program in Minnetonka, about three years ago when she came up with the “great idea” of starting a business that would provide a home for the horses after they age out of work. She was shot down immediately.
Still, she persisted, even drawing up a business plan. But the money just wasn’t there: Groups that use horses as tools can’t afford to feed two when only one is working, she said.
“I gave up, I put it away,” she remembered.
It was a wishbone in a rotisserie chicken that changed her mind.
“When you make a wish with a wishbone, you can’t do it by yourself,” she said. “That was so powerful to me. I said people will help. You look at it and it can’t work. But what if people helped?”
When Fiona arrived at the ranch with a horribly infected eye that required surgery, Turner said she had no idea how she was going to pay the vet bill. The same day the bill arrived, a large donation for almost the same amount arrived in the mail. What Turner calls other miracles followed.
“I think some people need a barn in their life the way some people need a church in their life,” she said. “It’s a community, a common goal. People love horses. The horses only have expectations that they’ll be kind — and feed them. It’s kind of magical here. It’s not fancy, but it has so much heart.”
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