Companies Pitch in for Nonprofit

TRAVERSE CITY — Dennis Kuznicki had to fight his initial instinct to duck when a frigid drop of water plunked the back of his neck. “When you’re leading a horse with a handicapped person on it, you can’t jump, you can’t do anything that would startle the horse,” Kuznicki said. Vietnam War veteran Kuznicki helps lead horses around Reining Liberty Ranch, a nonprofit that helps veterans and disabled individuals form relationships and ride on horses. Interactions with the nonprofit’s seven therapeutic horses can help clients with anything from balance to mental health. The tranquil farm opened on Silver Pines Road in Grand Traverse County about two and a half years ago, but roof problems plagued the operation. The multi-colored shingled roof leaked, dripped on people, lights and horses, and grew mold. Executive director Becki Bigelow said the problems created an unsafe environment. Click here for the rest of the story.


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