Published: Dec 23, 2012 8:59 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/V2OLSv) 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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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

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