ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) - The Maryland Horse Industry Board has presented its most recent Touch of Class Award to a 32-year-old therapy horse named Merlin. Merlin, a sleek bay Morgan horse, has helped hundreds of special needs children during his long career. He retired as a show horse at age 18 and became a therapy horse at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School in Glen Arm.
His owner Joan Twining describes Merlin as both charismatic and gentle, and he's still used for lessons at her stable, even though he is now a horse with special needs himself. Since Merlin no longer leaves the farm, a delegation from the MHIB Board visited him to present Merlin and Twining with the award.
Earlier this year, the American Morgan Horse Association named Merlin its National Therapy Horse of the Year.