Therapy horses bring smiles to West Michigan seniors

Therapy horses bring smiles to West Michigan seniors


[GUITAR PLAYING] WE ARE HERE AND THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME. TELL ME ABOUT THE PROGRAM. OSCAR AND OLIVER COMMON TWO TIMES A MONTH AND COME VISIT OUR RESIDENTS AND GET LOVE IN. THEY ARE MINIATURE THERAPY HORSES, SO THEY HAVE MANY BENEFITS THAT COME ALONG WITH IT. THEY HELP OUR RESIDENTS WITH PHYSICAL FUNCTIONING, MAKE THEIR EMOTIONS GREAT, AND THEY HELP THEIR SOCIAL INTERACTIONS. THERE IS SO MANY BENEFITS. THIS IS KIND OF YOUR MEMORY CARE AREA. IT’S FUN BECAUSE IT TRIGGERS THOSE MEMORIES WE HAD GROWING UP OR HAVING HORSES WHEN WE WERE YOUNG. TELL ME ABOUT HOW FUN IT IS TO REMINISCE. THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF WORKING IN MEMORY CARE, HEARING EVERYBODY’S STORIES AND SEEING THE THINGS THAT WILL SPARK THOSE MEMORIES COMING OUT. WE GET STORIES EVERY TIME THEY COME ABOUT THE FARM THEY GREW UP ON AND THE WORK THEY DID WITH HORSES. THE HORSES WERE NOT THIS SMALL ON THE FARM. IT IS GREAT TO HEAR EVERYTHING THEY HAVE TO SAY AND LEARN ABOUT THE SMALLER HORSES THAT ARE DIFFERENT, NOT USED IN THE SAME PURPOSE OF WHAT THEY ARE USUALLY USED IN. TELL ME ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION YOU ARE WITH THAT BRINGS THESE BEAUTIFUL MINIS. WE ARE BASED OUT OF MICHIGAN AND WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD HORSES, BUT WE WANTED TO GET INTO THE MINIATURE HORSE WORLD AND BRING THE HORSES TO DIFFERENT FACILITIES TO MEET PEOPLE. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THEY SEE EVERY DAY. A LOT OF THEM GREW UP WITH HORSES OR PARENTS THAT HAD HORSES. THAT’S EXCITING TO THEM. THESE GUYS LOVE THE ATTENTION, ESPECIALLY OLIVER. HE LOVES TO BE BRUSHED. IT SEEMS THIS IS ONE WAY WE CAN BRING A SMILE TO PEOPLE’S FACES, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT IN YOUR JOURNEY. IT WARMS YOUR HEART. HORSES ARE SUCH A LOVING , KIND ANIMAL. YOU CAN’T HELP BUT SMILE WHEN YOU SEE THEM AND TOUCH THEM. ESPECIALLY THESE GUYS. THEY GET RIGHT IN THERE. IT IS REALLY NEAT. WHAT A GREAT PROGRAM. I LOVE IT. ♪ THEY ARE SO EASY TO WORK WITH AND TO PLAY WITH. WHEN I FIRST MET THEM, THE FIRST TIME THEY CAME OVER TO OUR APARTMENT, THEY WERE WONDERFUL.

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