“Mobility-wise, horses are a great motivator…”
CARMEL, Ind. – A mobile program called Memory Lane is taking horses out of the stables and into communities across central Indiana.
The miniature horses hit the road when they are not helping with therapy programs at their 13-acre Cicero farm.
The Memory Lane program spent the day in Carmel at Kindred Transitional Care on Tuesday.
“Mobility-wise, horses are a great motivator. So even if they’re not confident because they have fallen in the past or have an injury, when they’re paired with a horse that provides motivation for them to step outside their comfort zone and to try some activities and exercise they might not do normally,” said Trisha Egleson with Agape Therapeutic Riding.
The horses help to stimulate memories for some, boost moods and grooming the animals can increase patients’ range of motion.
“One of the things for me has been building my upper arm strength. There are a lot of different benefits. And some of it is just watching the horses and being around them. So I think it’s one of those truly win-win situations. The animals like it and we get a lot of benefit out of it,” said patient Carolyn Wheeler.
The horses also do academic enrichment and character development programs at schools and various centers across central Indiana.
“You get these huge smiles and the kids are just amazed by what the horses can do. And you see bonding,” Egleson said.
For some patients, the best benefit is the tranquility.
“It’s taking my mind off of a bunch of stuff, that’s for sure,” said patient Roslyen Noble.
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