Horses Helping Humans Program - - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Horses Helping Humans Program


Across the country Horse and pet therapies are becoming more common ways of healing.
Reporter Sarah Gustin introduces you to an equine program unlike any other.

Don't let the size of the horse fool you.
These little miniature horses have some big hooves to fill.
(Alison Smith / Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue) "The human horse bond it is very magical. It's deep it's on a very different level. It's on a human mind, body and soul level."
Alison Smith is the founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue and most recently the founder of the Horses Helping Humans Program.
The Equine Assisted Activities are designed for those with all disabilities.
(Alison Smith / Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue) "Our goal is to help people who are suffering from autism, down syndrome, developmental disabilities. Those are the people we feel could really, really benefit from this program." 
The entire arena and restrooms are handicap accessible so even those in wheel chairs get the chance to participate.
Using miniature horses this program isn't about riding, but about working with the horses.
(Alison Smith / Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue) "We are not a therapy center. What we are offering is equine assisted activities. now thru that they will be able to work on communication and a fine motor skill work out thru all that they do."
After participants are paired up with a horse, Smith says they'll be able to walk, brush, groom as well as take their horses through an obstacle course.
(Alison Smith / Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue) "They are rescue horses, horses that have come thru the Triple H Miniature horse rescue these are all rescue horses. Some of them have their own handicap so those children can really relate to that. A horse in a cast or a brace or one that limps so have you." 
A chance for those who have had their own challenges and understand to help those in need.

Smith is contacting the organizations in the state that work with behavioral, communications, and developmental challenges and disabilities--such as Pride, HIT and the Anne Carlsen Center.
If you would like to learn more about the program you can contact the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue at 220-4449.


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