The horses joined some therapy dogs welcoming the children as they returned to school for the first time since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 classmates, five adults and their principal.
Volunteers say the horses brought smiles to some of the students faces for the first time since the December 14 massacre.
Garcia and three of the horses from a farm outside Gainesville were invited to Newtown by the mother of one of the victims. The miniature horses nuzzled up against the kids, kissing and loving on them, making many smile for the first time since they saw their friends carried away in caskets.
The horses and volunteers made the trip over the weekend, and have spent the last couple days spending time with first responders, who have their own issues coping with the gruesome scene they encountered on December 14.
"Everyone wants to get down and get a hug and a picture and be with the horses," Garcia said. "It just is something fun and different that they can do that's not serious."