In a heartwarming story, a miniature horse has been able to bring a bit of joy into the lives of some senior citizens in Big Rapids, Michigan. The little horse is part of an exciting and endearing new form of therapy for the elderly and will surely provoke many more smiles and laughs in the future. It’s always pleasing to see the affect that animals can have on humans, with a simple visit from this small horse being enough to brighten the day of many people.
Seniors at the Metron Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility and were very pleased when Charlie the horse, accompanied by his owner Ronica Froese, made his entrance into the facility. Froese is the founder of Little Horses Big Smiles Therapy, an association that uses animals to brighten the days and lives of people. Together, Froese and Charlie are able to provide a lot of joy to those they meet. Froese is particularly proud of her furry companion, stating that she is pleased to work with such a unique and friendly horse.
What helps to set Charlie apart from other individuals of his breed is the way he was raised. Froese revealed that she brought him up in a similar way to how someone might raise a dog, making him especially tame and affectionate. This helps when Charlie is taken into rooms with lots of people as he remains calm and particularly enjoys being the center of attention. The seniors at the Metron facility were then able to pet him and remember their own animal companions from years gone by.
One of the residents, Mildren Thornton, revealed how happy she was to meet Charlie, particularly since it was around Christmas time. She commended the horse on his politeness and friendly attitude. Thornton even claimed that Charlie seemed to be in a festive mood and was especially kind and charming to the residents of the facility.
Ronica and Charlie are just one of several hundred teams of pets and partners all around the United States that do work like this. These teams are dedicated to providing happiness to the people they meet, even if their availability is somewhat limited. Froese herself has a full-time job and works with Charlie on the side. She therefore simply cannot find the time to visit every facility in the region and meet all the people she would like to meet. She is hoping to raise awareness about pet partners and encourage more people to take an interest in this wonderful field.
Froese does not get paid for the work she does with money, but she and Charlie are both rewarded with smiles and affection from the people they encounter. Together, the pair have taken part in 17 different events and will surely participate in many more. Pet partner teams are bringing joy to the world, so hopefully more people will join them in the near future.