Saving Puddin’ Pie becomes a special ed “breakthrough”

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

As a follow-up to the Lanier Library Annual Family Program, “Reading with Rescue Horses,” Puddin’ Pie, the 85-pound dwarf mini-horse, will attend the next Live@Lanier for the telling of her personal story, Tuesday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

More than the hopeful tale of a single fortunate horse, you can expect perspectives on questions facing everyone who loves horses and then hear of one possible answer for rescue horses in what a local teacher thinks is “a special ed breakthrough.”

For a neglected dwarf mini-horse, her world was always far above, big and uncaring. She lived in dark, uncleaned corners grubbing for the hay scraps at the feet of her underfed companions. She refused to die, however, and beat the odds to become Puddin’ Pie, an inspiration to young readers. Her success story and more will be told at the next Live@Lanier. She will be there in person for you to meet with her good friend Teresa Lyter.

Sara Lyter, owner/operator of the non-profit Puddin’ Pie’s Place farm in Columbus, will present the overall current scope, challenges, and responsibilities of domestic and wild equine rescue. She calls her topic “Saving the Forgotten, the Unwanted, and Unloved.”

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Lisa Culberson, mini-horse rescuer and caregiver, will narrow the story to a local rescue of a herd of minis and donkeys that included one little lady who refused to die and beat the odds to become Puddin’ Pie. You will hear of what Lisa calls “the nightmare of what was found” and how the combined efforts of volunteers gave so many animals a new life and new purpose.

Amy Cashman, local special ed teacher, will address that new purpose based on her experiences participating in “Reading with Rescue Horses” with Puddin’ Pie, other minis, and her students. She will also recap the events of the Lanier Library Annual Family Program with photos of the readers and other activities.

For the grand finale, you can meet little Puddin’ Pie at Lanier Library, 72 Chestnut Street in Tryon. For more information, call 828-859-9535 or visit

article submitted by Vincent Verrecchio