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Hope was rescued from a kill pen an hour before loading for slaughter.

When I first learned about Angel Reins, I was in a residential safe house for survivors of human trafficking. I was broken and hopeless. It wasn’t until I was given the chance to go to the Angel Reins therapy program that I was able to heal and see myself empowered as a survivor.

Every time I would go out to have a therapy session, Hope and I became best buddies. We both were coming out of some of the hardest situations of our lives—we were broken, hopeless, and desperately in need of companionship. So we leaned on each other for support, and every time I visit Angel Reins we reunite and remind each other of our healing, our strength, and our journey.

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The name of my horse companion is—in the most perfect and ironic of ways—Hope. I found Hope at Angel Reins and hope is what has given me the strength to continue my healing journey every day. 

The journey will always have its ups and downs, but it is a healing and hopeful one. I will always hold Angel Reins close to my heart because it gave me the hope I needed to live another day and see the sunrise, give horses hugs, pick fistfuls of wildflowers, and sing to the stars and the moon. —B.L., survivor

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