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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 6:11 pm

A passion for horses brought a student from the suburbs of Detroit to the horse capital of the world.  

A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Mackenzie Peressini’s love of horses started at an early age. That love brought her to Kentucky to pursue an education in equine science. She hoped that the education she received at MSU will lead her to a career in horse physical therapy.  

Growing up in the suburbs, Peressini spent a lot of time online, as well as reading books and graphic novels about horses.  

“I’ve loved horses since, I don’t know,” she recalled, “I can’t remember when I began loving horses.” 

However, she described a teacher she had in the fourth grade being particularly helpful in spurring her passion. As she was retiring, an equestrian herself, took Peressini to see her horse. It was one of the then-young Peressini’s rare chances to see one in person. 

“When she was teaching, she had just gotten over some cancer or something, and her horse helped her with that. So, that was cool to see,” explained Peressini. 

As for why she came to Morehead to pursue her education, Peressini stated there were two major reasons: thatMSU was in Kentucky and that it was smaller than Michigan State. 

“I’ve been able to ride [horses],” Peressini stated, “I was able to cuddle a baby horseyesterday. It was great. I’ve just learned a lot more here than I ever could there, since they actually have a farm here and Michigan State doesn’t.” 

From 2013 until she came to Morehead, Peressini spent many of her weekends volunteering at Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, which takes in neglected horses, where she cleaned stalls and feeding horses from 8 a.m. to noon.  

“It was an interesting experience,” she said. “I got a lot of hands on, and I was able to be more comfortable around horses since I didn’t grow up around them. I didn’t get to be around them a lot as a kid.” 

Lance Hodge, Peressini’s friend and roommate of two years, expressed that they initially found her choice to come to Kentucky for an education in equine science to be foolish. However, Hodge realized that it was smart choice after personally experiencing the type of work Peressini experienced on the MSU farm.   

In terms of her career, Peressini said that she doesn’t care where it takes her as long as she gets to work with horses.  

“Hopefully, I’m going to get a job as a horse physical therapist or chiropractor. Whichever works out. I could do both.” 

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