The healing powers of an animal cannot be underestimated. Dogs, cats, rabbits and even fish can make the lonely or bored see life in new ways. Kids and Horses, a non-profit Incline Village “therapeutic riding center,” gives kids and adults with both physical and emotional challenges the chance to find a new support system—a horse. A gentle ride on one of the center’s horses, supervised by riding center staff, can help children and adults who suffer from illness such as cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury, as well as those with emotional difficulties, according to the Kids and Horses umbrella organization’s Web site at www.narha.org. To benefit Kids and Horses, Austin’s Restaurant, 7671 S. Virginia St., will hold its third annual barbecue and silent auction at 5 p.m. May 21, featuring live music and an ongoing raffle, in addition to the auction and grub. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Call 852-1600.