In programs like Rescue Readers, volunteers pair children with dogs and cats to help them improve their reading skills. But one lucky young girl doesn’t have to travel far at all to do that. Her reading buddy, Phantom, lives in the stables right outside her home.
Alayna’s mom, Tera Rae Fauver, is the owner and operator of Break Away Show Horses in Staunton, Virginia. There, the horses are trained, then shown in the American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association arenas.
But Alayna has a special connection with one resident in particular, a painted horse named Phantom.
She not only rides the horses and competes at events, but also gets up early every morning so she can read to him!
“Every morning Phantom and Alayna have story time!” her mom wrote in the caption beside the video.
Tera Rae published it on her Facebook page several months ago, and thousands have since enjoyed watching this adorable story-time segment between her little girl and this handsome equine.
Her mom even revealed that on this particular morning, Alayna was reading Phantom a story about Dachshunds.
Check it out in the clip below, and share with another horse lover today.