If you have a pet, you know that animals can be great friends and loyal companions. In fact, some animals are trained to be companions to those in need, such as the blind.
You have probably heard of a guide dog, but have you ever heard of a guide horse or therapeutic horse??? Just like dogs, horses can help people with disabilities to live better lives. They help blind people move around in crowded places, help children to develop balance and act as a companion for people in need.
Watch the videos below to learn how horses help people in need.
See how therapeutic horses help children with Celebral Palsy:
See how guide horses help blind people to move around:
- Meet some amazing therapy horses here at the Helen Woodward Animal Center
- Learn about the programs and animals at the Guide Horse Foundation
- Learn about Path International, an organization that coordinate horse activities and therapies to inspire and enrich the human spirit
Topics for Discussion:
- What values do guide horses and therapy horses display?
- Do you know a person that could benefit from a guide horse or a therapy horse? Let them know about these wonderful programs and animals
- If you would like to help support horses that help people, find a local Therapeutic Horse training center here. Hold a bake sale or fundraiser at your school to support them. Or call them to see how you can volunteer or help them.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.