Horse Haven hosts Back to School at the Barn

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Are your kids less than thrilled about returning to school? Horse Haven of Tennessee is hosting Back to School at the Barn to get students motivated about the new school year and to jump start adoptions.

On Saturday, August 5, school-aged children are invited for games, pony rides, paint the pony, and a petting zoo.

Horse Haven's adoptable horses will be available for viewing and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and other local rescues will also be on hand with adoptable animals.

Visitors will also be able to see Twinkie, the Horse Haven mascot, who fell sick last week. The miniature horse is now back at the Reagan Road farm after receiving care at University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital.

"Most of our followers know that Twinkie was very sick and he’s feeling much better now and he’ll be here in his paddock where everybody can pet him and say hi," said Operations Manager Stephanie Solomon.

Also available for visitors, Mr. Jones, the donkey who was found with a halter embedded into its flesh."Everybody will get to meet Mr. Jones who is the donkey who had the embedded halter and he’s really come through his surgeries well and doing great and looking for a home," said Solomon.

Nearly 1,500 people are expected at Back to School at the Barn. It costs $10 per carload, and everything else is free. Horse Haven is located at 2417 Reagan Road in Knoxville.