Pony up! Shetlands brighten day of seniors, handicapped

Showing ‘em how she truly feels: Two therapy mini-horses trotted into Centers Health Care’s Coney Island Avenue location on May 17 to nuzzle residents and lift their spirits.
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Days like this can really stirrup a lot of emotions!

Seniors and the handicapped living and receiving care at the Brooklyn Center on Coney Island Avenue were visited by two Shetland ponies last week, greeting the mini-horses with laughter, hugs, and kisses.

“I love it when our residents are smiling and these horses really hit the spot,” said Sumayyah Bhatti, who works at the center. “Horse therapy is such a beautiful program.”

Centers Health Care, which runs the assisted living home between Avenue K and Avenue L, started its program aimed at brighten up residents’ lives back in October 2016 and since then has sent the horses to its facilities in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Rockland County — where they always make a splash.

“They smiled, they laughed, they hugged, and kissed the horses and it’s a great sight to see!” said spokesman Jeff Jacomowitz. “It is a big hit with the residents staff and their families.”

Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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