Therapy Ponies - Little Angels Sent From Heaven
The Angels With Hooves miniature ponies have been helping seniors, special needs children and people suffering anxiety since 2005.
Our therapy ponies visit hundreds of special people every year, bringing joy, comfort, affection and happiness to their lives. The benefits of the healing power from touching and seeing the ponies is undeniable.
Staff, particularly in age care centres are under more and more pressure each year and certainly also benefit from a visit with a little angel sent from heaven.
The Well Known Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies
Scientific studies reveal that the positive effects of human-animal interaction are many. The presence of animals has a multitude of benefits with pet therapy improving a person’s social, emotional, and physical health.
- Increases a sense of community
- Stimulates memory and sharing
- Improved communication, social and perceptual skills
- Leads to more independent & fulfilling lives
- Stronger connections to the physical world and to other people
- Encourages exercise and movement to help increase muscle strength, joint mobility, balance and coordination
- Greater self-confidence and trust
- Reduces blood pressure
- Lowers anxiety and stress levels
- Stimulates the release of endorphins, which help people feel good- especially important for people who are feeling depressed or isolated.
Our ponies are always beautifully presented and of course impeccably mannered. Having a caring and intuitive handler is of equal importance in directing the whole activity. We get asked lots of questions about the pony, it's name, how old, what breed - and isn't that what we want - stimulate conversation and engagement?
What we do on the day: Visit with the residents in the lounge area first allowing each resident to spend several minutes stroking and patting, often chatting with the pony. Then if time allows, we can take a stroll to some of the residents and visit in their rooms.
Therapy Pony Excursions
Stay Tuned, we may be offering day visits to our farm in Doreen, Melbourne's north with the therapy miniature ponies.