We have all heard of therapy animals such as dogs or bunnies; but what about horses? This new kind of therapy animal brings magic to whoever it visits. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The team of tiny horses visits over 45,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, police stations, fire stations and visit with children who have experienced traumatic events.
From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington D.C. and even children living in orphanages in Greece, these tiny horses bring their special love where it is needed most.
Gentle Carousel's award winning literacy program, Reading Is Magic, also brings real horses inside schools, at risk youth programs and libraries to inspire young readers and "bring books to life". These 'tiny' heroes are bringing HUGE love to the world!
We've been thinking about making this video for months, but it was important to get it right. We’re not trying to run some sort of petting zoo here – it’s a bit more complicated than that. Lots of people find animals easier to relate to than other people. (Of course people are animals too, but you know what I mean.) Children especially can find a simpler relationship with a dog or a horse than with a classroom full of noisy competitive peers.
So we help them build a relationship with whatever animal they choose, and within that relationship explore boundaries and abilities and skills. It’s all very interesting and often incredibly exciting and rewarding, for me (Sandra) and for the children (mostly) who come to visit. You can learn more about therapeutic riding on my Hairy Henry website.. http://www.hairyhenry.com/