Why miniature therapy horses when there are already therapy dogs?
- Miniature therapy horses and therapy dogs complement each other, as they are quite different in the type of interaction they encourage. Therapy horses help working specially on calmness, relaxation, clarity and congruence in verbal and body language, empathy and fine motor skills.
- People with dog hair allergies often have no issues with horse hair and can therefore still benefit from animal assisted therapy.
- Miniature horses have the advantage of longevity, living more than twice as long as a dog. Miniature horses can easily reach age 30 or even more.