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Miniature Horses Work Their Magic To Help Hospital Patients

Published: May 1, 2013

hamlet-Therapy-HorseThey’re small and cute with fuzzy manes, but perhaps most importantly, miniature horses are now helping patients recover from illnesses and injuries at Shands Rehab Hospital in Gainsville, Florida.

Training sessions with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses are the newest form of therapy at the 40-bed hospital and have become a staple for patients on Wednesday afternoons.

“No-one plans to go to rehab,” said Andrea Gilbert, a Shands staff occupational therapist. “Life threw a curveball, and now everything is hard. But the horses give [our patients] a reason to smile.”