Miniature Therapy Horse Program
Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:34 PM
Some of you know about Maggie my mini therapy horse. If not, Maggie has been a therapy horse since the age of eight months and has been named the mascot for the Massachusetts North Shore Arthritis Foundation for her contributions walking to raise money for arthritis. She has also been asked to help kick off the fundraising campaign for the Beverly School for the Deaf here in Mass and has been approached about visiting a class of students who are studying to become recreational directors at nursing facilities. Maggie makes about 15 visits a year and walks for various charitable organizations at NO CHARGE. That is the key here. There are places that donate a gas card to help with the cost of gas but this is not required or asked for.
My question to all of you is: How many mini owners would be willing to be part of a National Miniature Therapy Horse Program where you would receive certification of such and be listed so that a facility could call and get your name and number to make a visit.
I am asking this because I have done some research and there is currently no certification that I am aware of for miniature therapy horses and would like to start this if there is enough interest.
I am also trying to get the Veterans groups interested in using a miniature therapy horse to help wounded vets get some feelings of independence, freedom, etc by learning to care for and drive a mini.
I would really appreciate your opinions, good or bad on the subject. For any of you with a dwarf, this is a wonderful community service that your little one could do. It is all about hugs and kisses.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:17 PM
Our mini, Saber, is a certified (ID card carrying & liability insured) Therapy Animal through the organization
Love On A Leash.
They have at least a handful of other miniature horses in their organization throughout the United States.
I recall seeing a few listed in the membership booklet from last year.
Keeper/caretaker of 3 Great Danes, 5 housecats, a flock of Lovebirds, 1 senior cockatiel & Saber, a registered Therapy Mini stallion a.k.a. Dodger Billieu 32" AMHA/AMHR
Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:04 PM
I need to know what training my mini would need to have to become a therapy mini as well.
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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:17 PM
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