Nonprofit gets 6 mini horses after tragic barn fire

New ponies arrive at The Barn for Equine Learning in Lowell Township. (Courtesy The Barn for Equine Learning via Facebook/April 19, 2017)

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A nonprofit that lost 13 therapy horses in a barn fire has six new miniature horses thanks to community support.

The Barn for Equine Learning posted pictures of the new horses on its Facebook page Wednesday. Someone donated the miniature animals after hearing of the tragic fire.

“Good day at The Barn with 6 new friends. Now that is some serious pony love!” the Facebook post read. They also thanked the community for its support in making it happen.

As of Friday afternoon, a GoFundMe account set up to help the nonprofit rebuild had raised $35,350 of its $50,000 goal.

Thirteen therapy horses were killed in the barn fire on Timpson Avenue SE in Lowell Township on April 8.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is investigating it as criminal, although an exact cause of the fire is still unknown. If you know anything about the fire that could help investigators, call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer 616.774.2345.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the miniature horses were ponies who were purchased through donations, not donated directly. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***