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Horses and Human Health

Horses and Human Health: horses helping young cancer patients

Kaia Carroll pets a horse.  CBS NEWSIn New Jersey, a little girl who has been battling cancer is starting third-grade this week, after she couldn’t go to school last year. Kaia Carroll recently discovered the healing power of horses, and said she hasn’t had this much fun in months. The eight-year-old has a rare form of Leukemia. The last year of her life has been a blur of doctors, hospitals and chemotherapy.

Horse therapy helps treat body and mind

Horse therapy helps treat body and mindCROWNSVILLE, Md. — Lana Robinson’s short-term memory has been weakened from Alzheimer’s, but her childhood memories of horseback riding remain intact. Today at 62, Mrs. Robinson rides Chrissy with ease. A volunteer and instructor walk along her left, and another volunteer is at her right, but Mrs.

Horses help residents during hospital rehabilitation centre visit

The bond between patient and horse formed instantly when Trigger and his equine pals paid the Regional Rehabilitation Centre a visit. "They're beautiful horses," said Robert (Gibby) Gibson while feeding Trigger a piece of apple at Hamilton General Hospital on Tuesday. "I can't get over how good they are."

Equine therapy provides needed peace and quiet

Equine Therapy ROCK CITY, Ill. — Rising Star Farm appears to be much like many others from the narrow gravel roadway. But looks can be deceiving. A special home for 10 dogs, 22 cats, cattle, chickens and 17 horses, the farm is a haven for critters — and people — in need.

Horses Helping Cancer Survivors in Colorado

Equine Therapy for Cancer SurvivorsMolly Theresa is a local celebrity. The miniature donkey has achieved minor fame due to her appearances in nearby nativity scenes. But this is only a seasonal job. For the rest of the year, Molly Theresa is a therapy animal for Mule Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, southeast of Roggen. Her role on the ranch just got bigger.

Horses Nurture Human Clients at Shayna Meadows

Shayna Meadows Horses Helping HumansHorses have been carrying human burdens for centuries, and the task is transitioning from a physical burden to a mental one through equine assisted therapy. It’s been a practice since the Ancient Greeks, and was further developed in Europe in the 1960s. Relatively new in the U.S., equine assisted therapy can help depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Doing Great Work in Illinois

Horsefeathers Therapeutic RidingThree-year-old Jack Foster sat on his mother’s lap as she wrapped a towel carefully around his neck.

“Jack has cerebral palsy and low muscle tone,” said his mother, Emily Foster, of Northbrook, Ill. “The biggest challenge is holding his head up.”

Hippotherapy Proves Beneficial to Speech Patients

Hippotherapy Aids Speech Patients“What do you like on your pizza?” asked Beth Macauley.

“Pep-pe-ro-ni!” said Davide Sirilli, sounding out each syllable.

“Good. Now say that in a full sentence,” said Macauley.

“I like pep-pe-ro-ni on my pizza,” Davide answered.

Horses Helping Humans at Stars & Strides Center

Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

That’s what British statesman Winston Churchill thought; and moreover, it’s what David and Teresa Miller, owners of Stars & Strides Therapeutic Riding Center believe.

Tack Donation Benefits Montana Equine Therapy Programs

Tanya Punt is transforming a near-death experience into a life-giving opportunity for veterans who, like her, have suffered a traumatic brain injury or another ravage of war.

Punt, 45, of Billings, was thrown from a horse April 12, 2014, during a barrel racing competition, landing on her helmet-less head. Doctors feared she wouldn’t survive her brain injury, or that she’d at least be paralyzed on her left side. Instead she made a complete recovery — except for losing her senses of smell and taste.