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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.