‘Where is the next horse?’ Finding purpose in caring for mistreated animals (includes audio story)

When stressful moments arise in Yvonne Hubshman’s life, she normally stays calm and level-headed. A skill, she says, she has acquired from tending horses. 

Her Naples stable was built by her husband, Cid.  For her, it is an extension of her home; and the horses, an extension of her close family.

When Yvonne opens the door to a new four-legged family member, she usually finds they have a dark past. Nonetheless, many of those horses would walk right up to her. Yvonne says she can intuitively sense their needs. 

However, recovery can be slow. “ Still to this day, I have a hard time getting close to some of them.” 

Despite this, Yvonne’s barn has become a sanctuary where horses can heal and learn to trust again. Snuffy, for example, arrived in poor health and full of fear. Now, he is the biggest and most affectionate of all. 

Yvonne says experiences like this have made her wake up every day asking: “Where is the next horse?”

Heidi is a junior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Communication and Media. She is interested in culture and aims to tell stories that speak to the human connection and experience. In the future, she hopes to work in the entertainment field, storytelling through visual art and music.