Miniature Therapy Horse, Valor
There is a new deputy in town to help those who have suffered traumatic incidents.
A miniature therapy horse named Valor is joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Valor will serve as a “face” of law enforcement as she heals the hearts of those in pain.
Valor is trained as a law enforcement therapy horse. Her handler Victoria Nodiff-Netanel assists Valor with her duties, which include comforting those in need. Additionally, Valor is an integral part of local reading programs and community outreach events.
Her owner named the petite 6-month-old filly in honor of fallen Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen. He died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The pair is part of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. The tiny healers visit various locations from children’s hospitals to hospice programs. The pint-size angels also provide a mane to cry in for families who have experienced traumatic events.
The group’s tiny steeds live in Malibu, although they go where needed. Until now, that included Connecticut after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.