Stuetzel, a retired ER and family-care physician, is actively working on gaining recognition of his horses and their potential in disasters or search-and-rescue operations. He has formed Equine Disaster Relief/Search and Rescue (EQDRSR) to that end. Only a month into the process, he is working on making the group a nonprofit aid group.
|Stuetzel holds a rubber shoe which he puts on the horses hoof, "An addias for horses," he calls it. His horses do not have metal horse shoes.|
A few years ago, Stuetzel retired from medical practice due to a series of traumatic brain injures. "I was not myself, it took me a long time to get back. Now I am a little slower, but I still have the same desire to help that I have had since I was a teen-aged volunteer in a hospital and an Eagle Scout," says Stuetzel. "It is just who I am. Now I do it with horses. Ain't that cool?"
His afternoon stop on Riverside Drive to let Puros, Harpo, Garnet and Harmony graze on some tall grass by the Cotton Mill site certainly got a lot of attention from passing motorists. Many slowed down and took pictures; some stopped and said hello.
Look for Stuetzel and his red horse trailer around town. If you are interested in helping, you can contact him at
Just_Ride_Ranch@yahoo.com or watch some of his videos on YouTube
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