Many senior communities have been closed to visitors during the pandemic, which has left residents feeling lonely and isolated.
At the same time, LoveWay staff noticed that our horses also seemed lonely without students and the buzz of activity in the arena. We know horses have the incredible gift of bringing serenity and peace to those in their presence, so we loaded our trailer and took the show on the road to bring cheer to those who needed it the most.
The ability to embrace the minis with a hug was all the senior community residents needed to put smiles back on their faces. We stopped at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community. There, we were able to see Sheila Dibley, our dear volunteer of 25 years who was desperately missing her LoveWay family.
Our first pony visit was so successful that LoveWay has continued to visit senior communities throughout our area. At some stops, we were only able to show off our ponies through the windows — but even then, the smiles have been priceless.
LoveWay is thankful for the opportunity to bring joy and happiness to the lives of many during a difficult time.
Read more about the surprise visits:
- May 26, 2020 – The Paper
- May 22, 2020 – Goshen News
LoveWay mini horses bring cheer to residents at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community
- May 21, 2020 – WSBT
Elkhart nursing home residents surprised by 2 mini therapy horses named Peep and Yoshi
- May 21, 2020 – WNDU
Horses bring cheer to residents at Hubbard Hill