Marisa Striano has had many jobs in her life, but she never considered any of them to be her passion. Her husband at the time encouraged her to find out what that passion is, so in 2010, Striano dropped everything in Port Washington, New York, and moved to the North Fork of Long Island to start a new life.
Growing up, Striano always loved horses and even spent time as a dressage rider. All these years later, Striano realized that this was her passion all along. She made it her mission to provide a home for horses that are unwanted, abused, or too old to work.
So that’s when she and her daughter, Jessie Siegel, decided to start their own organization in Baiting Hollow, New York, called Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. Their Baiting Hollow ranch is home to 26 horses who she uses as therapy horses.
“It has changed my life,” Striano told the Riverhead News Review. “It took me into my 50s to realize that I am put on this Earth for a reason – and that is to heal people with the beauty of these horses.”
Spirit’s Promise works with East End Hospice and other nonprofits that assist people with special needs and PTSD, allowing them to interact with the horses for therapy.
The name “Spirit’s Promise,” was inspired by her own horse named Spirit who became sick and unhappy in his barn. To help him get better, she brought him to a rescue, where he fell in love with a horse named Promise. Striano believes that companionship is what brought Spirit back to life.
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