Caring in action: Therapy miniature horses, dogs bring the love through Barrington program

  • A resident at Barrington Woods gets a kick out of visiting with miniature horse Lunar, who is part of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program.

    A resident at Barrington Woods gets a kick out of visiting with miniature horse Lunar, who is part of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program. Courtesy of SOUL Harbour Ranch

  • Lunar gets a pat during a visit to JourneyCare in Barrington. The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program has 10 miniature horses, eight registered therapy dogs, and even a therapy cat that visits in a stroller.

    Lunar gets a pat during a visit to JourneyCare in Barrington. The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program has 10 miniature horses, eight registered therapy dogs, and even a therapy cat that visits in a stroller. Courtesy of SOUL Harbour Ranch

 
 
Updated 1/30/2022 9:33 AM

These days, it's not so unusual to see therapy dogs roaming hospital hallways or visiting nursing home rooms. What may be a little more unusual is seeing sneaker-wearing miniature horses waiting their turn to offer up a little nuzzle.

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