What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
It’s the wonderful mode of bringing pets and people together for healthy interaction. The benefits are countless. Medical research shows that animal therapy promotes shorter hospital stays, blood pressure reductions, socialization, mental & physical stimulation & an overwhelming sense of well-being. In most cases children and patients excitedly anticipate their furry friend visits, thus giving more reason to feel happier, healthier & more alert.
The equine volunteers of Stampede Of Love not only have successful show careers but also visit schools and hospitals and have participated in numerous fundraisers and special events across the country. Animals have a way of accepting without qualification. Their acceptance is non- judgmental, forgiving & uncomplicated by the psychological games people often play. They accept you the way you are.
Golden Meadows Heirs Dream Girl, aka “Lola”- Foaled March 23, 2007. 32.5” Tall palomino pinto mare. In addition to her calm and sensitive people skills, Lola is often featured as a unicorn model with children. She is a favorite of our team with her big kind eyes and understanding expression.
Stars Graham Crackers, aka “Peaches”-Foaled May 7, 2015. 31” tall sorrel filly. The newest member to our team, Peaches is developing into a special little lady. At just four years of age, she has already participated in multiple parades, therapy visits and community events. Her future is bright, and we cannot wait to continue sharing her with all in need of a hug.
Aupollo’s Midnight Marquee, aka “Kiwi”-Foaled April 7, 2014. 25” Tall chestnut gelding. By no fault of his own, Kiwi was born with dwarfism. He had a lot of health struggles early on, none of which has slowed him down one bit. He uses his uniqueness to share that all is possible on his therapy visits. Kiwi was presented with an honorary diploma from the University of North Carolina for Library Shenanigans and is currently filming a full-length feature motion picture called Reggie: A Millennial Depression Comedy. He plays “Reggie” a therapy horse, adopted by Mitch who is struggling with depression.
Azariah’s Z Royal Debut, aka “Taz”-Foaled May 11, 2007. 32” Tall smoky black gelding. All around horse show champion and Mr. Personality. Taz is always eager to visit and go on adventures. Taz has an in your pocket personality. Literally, he is going to check you pocket for a treat. He is a fighter, having battled colic surgery and colitis in 2017. No worries, he has completely recovered.
Lazy Days Midnight Lightening, aka “Leo”- Foaled May 10, 2002. 27” Tall black pinto Gelding. Retired in 2017 due to undetermined liver disease. He was not expected to survive, but he had other ideas. He was hospitalized once again in 2018 for a fever of unknown origin. Once again, he fought back. Never underestimate the power of love. Leo is our founding member and the sire of Aupollo’s Midnight Marquee (Kiwi). He was inducted into the Equus Horse Stars Hall of Fame in 2019 for his community service work.
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