There is something truly special about miniature horses. After owning large horses all my life, I have two minis of my own now, and they are definitely a breed apart. Very social and people oriented, these little guys seem to live for love and treats. They are as much a part of the human herd as they are the horse one.
It comes as no surprise, then, that these unique horses are simply amazing when it comes to therapy work.
Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is a non-profit, volunteer-run, organization that raises and trains miniature horses at their five locations worldwide to be therapy animals.
They also help horses in need, like Gisele who was living abandoned on a Greek Island. Now, she is pampered by the Gentle Carousel team in Greece.
Their teams visit over 45,000 people all over the world annually, and they're often found at the scene of traumatic events, such as natural disasters, shootings (a team of their horses was among the first responders at Sandy Hook Elementary), orphanages, and of course, hospice centers and hospitals.
Basically, if there is a hurting soul, a mini horse is there.
Take Scout, for example. Born June 2015 and weighing only 7.2 pounds, he quickly captured the hearts of everyone who follows Gentle Carousel’s Facebook page, where you can watch his journey to become a therapy horse!
Although he has two years of training before he will be deemed a therapy horse, he is already providing therapy to the thousands who are watching him grow over the internet by brightening their day with smiles and laughter.
Just watch him play with his big ball at three months old and try not to smile – we dare you!
Scout's PlaytimeLittle Scout likes playing with his yoga ball. We can't believe he is closing in on three months old already. We have posted a photo of Scout everyday since he was born (at 7.2 pounds) so our FB friends can follow his journey to become a therapy horse. Learn more about all the horses of Gentle Carousel at: www.Horse-Therapy.orgGentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
Posted by Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses on Monday, August 17, 2015
Then there's Magic and Hamlet, who have been immortalized by Breyer, with a portion of the proceeds going back to Gentle Carousel (Christmas gift, anyone?).
Each of the Gentle Carousel horses have their own special personalities, but they all do a wonderful job at lifting the spirits of those who need it the most!
Horse Courses by Elaine Heney
- Listening to the Horse - The Documentary by Elaine Heney & Grey Pony Films
- Shoulder In & Out Training for better balance, bend & topline development with your horse
- Over 110+ Polework Exercises & Challenges to Download
- Dancing at Liberty & Creating Connection with Your Horse (11 lessons) - Grey Pony Films
It costs $250 a month to care for a miniature horse therapy animal. Since Gentle Carousel is all volunteer run and a non-profit, every penny you donate goes directly to the horses and their program. If you'd like to contribute, you can donate here.