When Anita Hefler decided to adopt a starving, neglected horse, she didn't really know what she was getting into, WWLTV reports.
Once he got to her farm in Louisiana, Meaux Jeaux (pronounced Mojo) couldn't be touched. He was completely feral.
Enter Joseph Lockwood, a deaf, mute man who had been adopted from Hungary as a child and who has taken his natural connection with animals from the show ring to his own animal therapy service.
After formal training, Joseph started a nonprofit called Hooves and Paws Equine and Canine Therapy, providing professional massage therapy services for horses and dogs.
He believes his deafness has helped his other senses become more fine tuned. He says he knows when animals have aches and pains and anxiety.
"It's like we think the same. We connect. I connect with horses. I can feel what they feel," Joseph said.
As for Meaux Jeaux, "He needs to improve a little bit more ... but he will be able to be ridden. I can tell you that right now."
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