Pony Therapy Program

Scientific studies have shown that there are many positive effects of human-animal interaction. The presence of animals has a multitude of benefits for children. Studies have proven that animal-human interaction and pet therapy can improve a person’s social, emotional, and physical health.

​Some of the benefits of animal-assisted activities include: 

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Lowers anxiety and stress levels

  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, which help people feel good- especially important for people who are feeling depressed or isolated.

  • Encourages exercise and movement to help increase muscle strength, joint mobility, balance and coordination

  • Shortens recovery time

  • Stronger connections to the physical world and to other people

  • Greater self-confidence and trust

  • Leads to more independent & fulfilling lives

  • Increases a sense of community 

  • Stimulates memory and sharing

  • Improved communication, social and perceptual skills


Why Horses?

  • Horses are sensitive and intuitive

  • Horses mirror human emotions

  • There is a powerful connection between horses and humans

  • Horses offer non-judgmental affection

  • Horses allow people to relax by providing acceptance and allowing for give and take, which also builds confidence and focus

  • Small ponies and Miniature horses, because of their smaller size, provide a non-threatening therapy experience especially for children.

It is inspiring to watch the magical emotional connections and comforting effects our ponies have on everyone. They light up the room when they enter, and leave an unforgettable impression on children's hearts. They have brought many tears of joy and happiness to the friends they visit, and to the people that witness the healing and life touching effect they have as therapy ponies. 

 

Our therapy ponies and miniature horses are available for group visits or therapy sessions at hospitals,  schools, daycare centers, private in-home visits and anywhere else they can help bring a smile to someone's face and brighten their day.

 

Our ponies and minis are specially trained for this activity. They have natural incredibly sweet, kind and gentle demeanors, and have also received the same kind of training as mounted police horses. They are calm and professional in every environment, inside and out.