They’re very tough boys, they’re very macho. Most of them have gang affiliation, have trauma or abuse issues, abandonment issues,” explains Tamara Lamprecht Vasquez, Clinical Supervisor for the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Treatment Center.
“To get them out here softens them. They shed that hard exterior and show their true personalities which they have spent years hiding,” Vasquez said.
Most of the teens have never spent time around a horse.
“Wow! These animals are so big. I have never been around horses. I’ve seen them but never been this close,” said 17 year old Jesus.

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