Mini Therapy Horses is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that provides therapeutic benefits to children and adults through equine-assisted activities (EAA) and equine-assisted therapy (EAT) leading to greater physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
It is hard to describe the effect that these visits have on all the people who interact with our horses. It is easy to say that these horses are fun and cute—they are so much more than that. People’s hearts are warmed and final wishes are fulfilled, children and their parents are able to smile again, and people who seem broken find the strength and courage to continue.
The small size of each horse gives people access to them, that they would not otherwise have. All seven horses have been trained to give high-fives, squeak rubber chickens, accompany children on double leash walks, they stand still for brushing and braiding the mane, and, best of all, play a battery operated keyboard with their muzzle. These therapeutic activities have been incredibly beneficial for de-stressing and calming individuals, but the real value is in the relief and comfort they provide to families dealing with unimaginable grief. A person might talk to the horse and share something they would not normally share with another human being. Victoria has trained the horses to do many tricks that are tools to break the ice and promote interaction between patients. Just a friendly visit from a miniature horse can bring joy to those who are withdrawn, depressed, or in pain. They all give a high five, smile, bow, stand on their hind legs, kick rubber balls, squeak toys, and play a keyboard!