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Dupo Girl Scouts lend helping hands to horses

By on October 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

MyKenzie Kloess feeds a horse as Mackenzie Scheppelman watches. (submitted photo)

Many people tend to ask themselves, “What can I do to make an impact?”

Dupo Girl Scout Troop 166 set out to do just that, and found its answer in helping rescued horses.

“They are learning that they can make a difference in these animals’ lives,” Troop 166 leader Dee Keys explained.

These Junior Girl Scouts have been working toward their bronze award at Mid America Horse Rescue in Millstadt and at Sunset Arabian Farms in Dupo, as well as helping to raise more than $300 dollars for the cause.

“It has definitely encouraged the girls and make them realize how important it is to help the horses,” Keys said.

These horses are rescued from owners who no longer can care for the animals, ranging from racetracks to just abusive situations in general.

Troop 166 has gone to each rescue farm one time and it has made such an impact on them that they are coordinating visits to Mid America once a month and would like to periodically visit Sunset Arabian Farms as well.

“It’s very fulfilling,” Keys said. “They realized how big of a difference they made in a small period of time.”

The elementary school girls helped feed the horses, groom them, clean their stalls, shovel manure and clean up weeds in the pasture the horses graze and spend time in.

Despite the dirty work, Keys says her girls were all for going back — even though they knew  what they were getting into.

“They are learning what work really is,” Keys added. “And what commitment is.”

The girls just became cadettes this week as a result of their troop’s work with the horse rescue so far, and are now going to work toward their silver award as they continue helping the horses.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.