Tender Little Hearts uses the utmost care in cleanliness of our therapy equines. Horses are bathed prior to all visits. The eyes and nose are wiped prior to entering facilities. Our therapy minis wear a potty bag, just in case.
All grooming supplies, equine therapy shoes and vests are washed and disinfected between visits for the safety of our most vulnerable seniors and immunocompromised patients. Safety is our top priority!
If you have any questions regarding our infection control measures, please give us a call, 480-318-3281.
Handlers wear masks or a shield.
Wipes and hand sanitizers are available at each visit.
Equine Assisted Therapeutic Services - Equine Mini Therapy
Who Can Benefit from Equine Therapy?
For thousands of years the bond between man and animal has proven to be effective in emotional healing. Equine Therapy can benefit everyone in one way or another. It can provide persons with a range of challenges and/or disabilities a way to build strength and confidence and help those with mental illness and individuals who have suffered emotional trauma the means to cope.
Elderly – Being with the horses gives them a sense of purpose and responsibility. They forget about life's troubles and enjoy their time caring for, brushing, and petting the horses.
Military Service Members and Others who Suffer from Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (such as PTSD) – Petting and grooming horses eases aggressiveness, nervousness, stress, depression, and more.
People Who Struggle with Addiction – Can provide immediate feedback for feelings of uneasiness and stress, enable coping skills, opportunities to strengthen personal relationships, and trust-building.
Autistic Children and Adults – Interacting with the horses creates an emotional bond between horse and handler. Sensory benefits, cognitive and language skills development, emotional bonding, and more.
Families, Leaders, Couples and Teams - Equines natural response to human behavior provides individuals insight into their own behaviors they may need to change.
Reading – Children are more likely to verbally read to a nonjudgmental listener.
Making friends, warming hearts, sharing smiles,
and spreading joy, one tender little heart at a time.