Therapy horses return to Frost Manor for Christmas surprise

Frost Manor resident Kathleen Waite pets one of the therapy horses that visited the Lindsay long-term care home Dec. 24.

‘The residents’ faces lit right up and you could see how comfortable they were’

Two therapy horses returned to Frost Manor on Christmas Eve to bring the same love and affection the pair had brought the Lindsay long-term care home’s residents during an earlier visit at Halloween.

The horses – a mother and daughter – are from a farm in Little Britain called Small Hooves, Big Hearts.

Life enrichment aide Amy Whitehead says the horses were an early surprise Christmas president for residents.

“The residents’ faces lit right up and you could see how comfortable they were – and some residents had interactions with horses in their past,” Amy tells The OMNIway.

The horses did a loop around the front lounge and were then led down each hallway to the residents’ rooms where they received pets and hugs.

The horses have special training and frequently visit long-term care homes and schools.

“The greatest benefit to the residents is the joy that they bring them,” Amy says.

“There are even a few residents who do not usually participate (in programming), but when the horses are here, they’re petting the horses, and it’s just wonderful to see the joy that (the horses) bring them.”

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