Tiny Horses Play Big Role in Memory Care

Miniature horses from Equest visited The Preston of the Park Cities, where Bonnie Wurmstedt is a resident.

A tiny horse is still a horse, of course, and when professionally trained to do so, can help seniors in ways memory care professionals endorse.

Equest, a Dallas nonprofit that provides therapeutic horsemanship, brought eight miniature horses to The Preston of the Park Cities retirement community this week.

During the social call on The Preston’s terrace and memory care Gardens patio, the “Mini Ambassadors,” as Equest calls them, engaged and interacted with seniors, providing joy, therapy, and often bringing back fond memories, community officials said.

“Many of our residents grew up around horses and one had his own pony, and some horsing around may provide wonderful connections going back in time,” said Molly Meyer, community life director at The Preston of the Park Cities, a Silverstone/Watermark retirement community that offers assisted living and memory care.

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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