Equine first responders, tiny donkeys make a big impact, and more equine-assisted therapy stories of the week.

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Welcome to the Hope in the Saddle link roundup, where we share our favorite horse stories from around the web. If there's a story you think should be included, email it to lfeldman@aimmedia.com!

January 9 was National Law Enforcement Day and we would like to take a minute to recognize Tank and his person, Cindy, for their service. (Hope in the Saddle)

Speaking of servicemen and women, the Windhaven Therapeutic Riding program is helping veterans deal with the struggles associated with combat. (Northwest50Plus)

There is some wonderful work being done with EAAT for our first responders, and it's great there are so many stories covering this in the news! Saddles in Service offers hope and healing through horses to active duty military members, veterans, and first responders. (AM760)

Hopefully, you live near one of the select theaters where Unbridled will be showing starting January 18. A festival circuit favorite, Unbridled deals with some heavy topics but ultimately shows how the power of love prevails. (Hope in the Saddle)

Or if you're looking for something you can watch from home, this PBS documentary series about the relationship between horses and humans looks stunning. (PBS)

I don't understand what the caption says, but I have no problem understanding how much I love this beautiful picture: 

Happy retirement to Sterling, a handsome Percheron who's done wonderful work as a therapeutic driving horse at the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Luckily, a grant will enable the organization to find another horse to follow in his hoofprints. (Your Observer)

You've heard of therapy dogs, therapy horses, and maybe even therapy chickens, but have you heard of therapy donkeys? How much do you want to snuggle one of these adorable donks? (Hope in the Saddle)

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