tiny therapy horses
bringing big smiles to all
who meet them
Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses mission is to provide mobile equine assisted activity services to children and adults. Research has shown that equine therapy has positive mental, social, educational, spiritual and physical benefits. We use our own trained miniature horses, to bring happiness, hope, and a sense of wellbeing to men, women and children of all ages and needs.
We are a federally recognized non-profit 501(c)3 and with the help of your donations it will allow us to get to more facilities and create new programs. We are hoping to expand this year, and be able to double the number of therapy visits we currently have, as well as adding new programs such as:
Partners up with the local Police Departments to help foster communication and positive community relationships.
Research proves that the long-term solution to combat bullying in schools is to work on character development. The program focuses on good citizenship to address the problem of bullying in schools
Read along with a mini
Teaming up with local schools and libraries to develop a reading program with the horses. Reading to mini therapy horses fosters a nonjudgmental environment so kids can simply have fun reading. Animals, such as mini horses, help children connect to their books and improve social skills by talking about what they read to the therapy animals.
Advocate for miniature dwarf horses and rescue horses. Working with local miniature horse rescues to help rescue, rehab and re-home these great little horses.
How We Serve our Community
We currently serve over 35 nursing homes, Alzheimer Units, children’s hospitals, medical centers, schools, and Assisted Living centers on a regular basis. Visits, which go from April through October, last approximately one hour, and each facility plans these visits based on their individual needs.
During the school year, we bring our miniature therapy horses to participate in school functions that aim at lowering student stress, and encouraging dialog between the teachers, counselors and students they serve. For example, we have visited the Reading Public Library during Exam Cram Night.
We also visit with Golden Hill Elementary in Haverhill, MA with six special needs classes where the children interact with the horses
and work on building certain skills.
We are excited to be making visits to Soldiers Home in Chelsea, MA so that the veterans can meet our little horses and experience their wonderful benefits. My father, a marine who served this country, taught me to always give back to the community, so this is something very dear to my heart.
Here are some of the facilites we are working with and visit:
Wingate of Andover
Academy Nursing Home
Windsor Nursing Home
Windrose at Woburn
Edgewood Lifecare Community
Life Care Centers of America
Bayberry at Emerald Court, a Northbridge Senior Living Community
Seasons of Danvers
Avita of Newburyport
New England Homes for the Deaf
Ronald McDonald Houses, Boston, Providence
Soldiers Home, Chelsea Ma
Reading Public Library
Wilmington Public Library
Memorial Hall Library
New England Pediatric Care
Professional Center for Child Development
Seven Hills Pediatric Center
Melmark New England
American Training, Andover MA
Golden Hill Elementary School
Highplain Elementary School
Alavesta School K-5
Girl Scouts and Daisey Troops