Honor the therapy horse is also training to help the NYPD

By Kelli Bender
Updated March 17, 2016 08:17 PM
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Miniature horses are trotting into New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital to bring comfort and cheer to young patients, Reuters reports. Kids and teens at the facility were recently visited by 10-month-old Honor, a miniature therapy horse from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, who is also training with the New York Police Department to be a a first responder in times of crisis.

Honor hung out in the hospital’s playroom, where young patients could pet, hug and admire the calm and affectionate animal. Those not well enough to be in contact with Honor watched the mini horse through a live broadcast on their TVs.

“They are herd animals, so they are very intuitive of what other horses are doing, needing. And they treat people that same way. They sense different emotions, different feelings that children have,” Jorge Garcia-Bengochea, co-founder of Gentle Carousel, told Reuters.

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“Children have been through very traumatic situations and they’ve shut down,” Garcia-Bengochea added. “Just being around the animal, they get animated, they start talking and they actually sometimes tell the horse things that they haven’t told other people,” he said.

Along with bringing smiles to hospital patients, horses like Honor provide support to trauma victims, helping people cope with natural disasters and tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

At Mount Sinai, Honor gives kids a connection to the outside world and offers his own kind of gentle encouragement to help his admirers heal physically and emotionally. And he looks positively adorable while doing it.