05-14-2013, 06:45 PM
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Haha, I'm not sure that what we're trying to do has been done before, so its not technically a type of therapy like hippotherapy is, but we're trying to integrate him into our program. He IS in the petting zoo whenever we go to festivals and such, but soon he'll be 1500+ lbs of muscle and hugeness, so we're working on a bigger 'master plan' for him xD for now he is just being 100% halter broke, learning that it isn't ok to eat anything put in front of his face (like his handler's hand O_o), and learning to lie down on command, but we're very much hoping to use him for 'pet therapy' which is basically just a way to help calm and focus a child who may otherwise be very easily upset by different feelings, sounds, and smells. The reason he is learning to lay down is so that he isn't as scary and 'in your face' to the kids. He's still rather klutzy right now though xD
We're also beginning to integrate our farm into the Horse Boy therapy movement, which is a whole new set of ways to bring animals into the healing of children, and he is a candidate for their program as well. For that he would actually be painted by children on a regular basis, lead around, asked to go over obstacles, etc. It should be interesting to watch him as he progresses!