Miniature Therapy Horse Joins Sheriff's Department

Miniature Therapy Horse Joins Sheriff’s Department


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 and to heal hearts and bring smiles to those hurting.

Valor is trained as a law enforcement therapy horse. Valor is trained as a law enforcement therapy horse. The petite 6-month-old filly is named in honor of fallen Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen, who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As a part of her duties, Valor and her handler, Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, will comfort those in need. Valor will also be an integral part of local reading programs and community outreach events.

The pair is part of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. The tiny healers visit an array of 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 were called upon for help after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut.

Valor lives with four therapy horses as part of the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses West location.