Friday , 20 October 2017

Mini-horses provide therapeutic benefits for people in need

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Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is a non-profit organization who works with 25 miniature horse, and over the past 20 years, they’ve helped thousands of people, including: survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting, victims of the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, as well as those in nursing homes and hospices.

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Therapy Dogs are common companions, for those who have suffered a traumatic experience, but there’s also a lesser-known creature who makes a big impact — mini horses. At just two-and-a-half feet tall, they’re known for having a calm demeanor and soothing presence.

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The animals’ small stature is a big part of their charm and ultimate success in providing therapy to those in need of a pick-me-up.

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Magic, one of the organization’s more popular horses, is an all-black horse with a white spot on its snout. Time Magazine recognized her as one of the top 10 heroic animals in history.

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There is even a case where a patient living in an assisted-living facility hadn’t talked in 3 years. As soon as the woman saw Magic, without missing a beat, she said, “Isn’t she beautiful?” Bringing all the doctors and nurses to tears.

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Gentle Carousel is headquartered in Florida, but has expanded across the world. They have bases in New York, California, and Greece, where each is run entirely by volunteers.