We've all heard of the therapeutic effects of dogs, but a lesser known method to helping victims of traumatic events are therapeutic horses. An American not-for-profit organization has been using miniature horses as therapy for wide range of people who are suffering from trauma caused by accidents, deaths and illness. Miniature horses are known to have an extremely calm demeanor, which works perfectly to provide a quick pick-me-up.
Although horses have been known to be helpful in therapeutic assistance, large horses may seem intimidating. Instead, 'Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses' uses the miniature breed, which allows kids and the elderly a smaller, more accessible animal. Those who use therapeutic horses pet and hug these lovable animals, and provide them with a healthy distraction during recovery.
Most recently, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses have been used to help victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.