Sunday, June 16, 2013

Horse Therapy Program for Long Island Seniors

People need to realize and understand all that horses do for us!  Horses do SOO much - they helped make this country!  Horses are being betrayed by being slaughtered instead of being honored as the healers, companions and hard workers they are.  Every 3 minutes an American horse is slaughtered, every 3 minutes a horse is betrayed!  People need to help our horses just like they help us!!! ~Declan

Horse therapy program for Long Island seniors

Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:09 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 12, 2013 10:42 PM EDT
A horse therapy program on Long Island is giving some special seniors a chance to feel young again. It's designed to help them build trust, reminisce, and make new friends.
Jeanine says when she was younger she was afraid of horses, but not anymore. Mick has won her over. Jeanine is one of eight residents of the Bristal Assisted Living Community on Long Island who has dementia and Alzheimer's disease who come here once a week to visit Mick and Gunther.
The horse therapy program is called Horseability. It is located on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury.
The residents spend 90 minutes brushing, feeding, and bonding with the horses.
The program is such a success that three other assisted-facilities also come weekly. The horses always bring the smiles to the faces of seniors.
The Horseability program also offers a wide range of horse-related programs for children and families with special needs.

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