Visit from therapy horses gives Frost Manor residents a Halloween to remember

Frost Manor resident Chris Todd spends some time with one of the miniature horses that paid a Halloween visit.

‘We had nothing but positive reactions from residents’

It had already been a day of Halloween fun at Frost Manor on Oct. 31 when two miniature horses dressed in costumes walked through the doors of the Lindsay long-term care home to trick or treat.

The horses have special training and frequently visit long-term care homes and schools. They came from a farm in Little Britain called Small Hooves, Big Hearts, and residents welcomed their surprise guests, says life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton.

“The horses walked throughout the home and right into the resident rooms to say hello,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway. “We had nothing but positive reactions from residents.”

As the therapy horses meandered through Frost Manor, word quickly spread to residents about their guests, and Lyndsay says they couldn’t have been happier.

“The residents couldn’t wait to give them a pat or hug,” she says. “The staff had so much fun watching the residents’ reaction to their surprise visitors.”

Lyndsay adds that another benefit the mini horses delivered to residents was that they brought back fond memories for many. Several residents began chatting about how they had grown up on a farm with horses, she notes.

The visit went so well that plans are in the works to have a visit with the horses again, Lyndsay says.

The visit from the horses capped off an already fun-filled Halloween at Frost Manor. Residents got dressed up for a Halloween party and participated in a costume prize contest earlier in the day.

But it was the visit from the horses that will make this a Halloween to remember, Lyndsay says.

“The residents and staff were commenting on the Halloween festivities, and the consensus was that this Halloween was the best year yet.”

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