Tiny animals are what keeps the universe from collapsing, probably. A healthy dose of gaaaaaaah it's so little and fluffy and look at its tiny ears!! is usually good for what ails us, so we weren't shocked to learn about the healing powers of tiny horses. If anything, we're surprised they're not standard fare in doctors' offices.
Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses has been bringing tiny horses to people who could use some comfort for 20 years now. Their size solves a lot of the accessibility issues regular equine therapy presents, making them especially helpful for small children and the elderly. The fleet of 25 mini-horses visit nursing homes, hospitals, and have been used to help with people affected by disasters like the Sandy Hook shootings or the 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
The healing horse organization is headquartered in Florida but has sites in New York, California, and Greece. According to Time Magazine, one of the horses was so inspiring she managed to get an assisted-living facility patient to speak for the first time in three years. Another horse is working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to help children and officers work through trauma.
"These little horses bring their special love where it is needed most," co-founder Debbie Debbie Garcia-Bengochea told The Huffington Post. "Everyone of all ages seems to love the little well-trained horses."