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Visiting Hooves was

founded in 2015.

Victoria L. Smith

is Founder and President

 

Each miniature horse or bunny has

2  million dollar liability insurance and a health certificate from a veterinarian.

 

Each miniature horse in the program has been carefully chosen for  therapy work.  

 

The minis go through a rigorous training program over approximately 6 months before going on real visits.

 

The mini horses are potty trained to work indoors up to 2 hours without a break.  However, if a break is needed, the handlers are aware of signals given by the horse and it will be taken out to the trailer to potty.  

 

The therapy horses and bunnies are kept at the home of Victoria Smith, in Toledo, WA.  Each horse is thoroughly cleaned and touched up before a visit.  They arrive wearing tennis shoes to protect floors and provide traction, a colorful vest, and a matching halter and lead.  The handler is neat, clean, and usually color coordinated to the mini's outfit.  

 

If a therapy bunny is the visitor, he is carried in a basket with a colorful fleece blanket.  He is thoroughly clean and groomed.  He also has been carefully chosen for the job and has gone through a long training program.

 

Visiting Hooves does use volunteers . "Vicki" and her volunteers are always happy, cheerful, and non-judgemental to all types of people.  We strive to leave everyone calmer and happier than they were

before the visit.  

 

Since 2015, Visiting Hooves has been doing visits free of charge; wherever needed.  Now, in 2017, as a 501(c)(3 )Non-Profit  Charity corportation, we will be accepting donations  and sponsorships to help offset the monthly and yearly expenses to keep VH continuing.  Any amount, no matter how small, will help.  Your donations are tax deductible.

Submitter

Katie Osborn

Location Toledo, WA
URL https://www.visitinghooves.com/
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Assisted living facilities
  4. Horses
  5. Long-term care facilities
  6. Mammals
  7. miniature horses
  8. Nursing homes
  9. rabbits
  10. Rodents