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AppleJack Therapy was started in 2015 by sisters Emily and Anna Hoffmann seeking to spread happiness and laughter through the companionship of a miniature horse while raising awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. 

Anna has been living with EDS type III hypermobility her entire life. EDS is a genetic disease affecting the soft connective tissue of the body.  It allows for joints to dislocate and causes much pain and damage. This disease not only affects her but her family as well. 

One of the things bringing the entire family happiness during these times is the friendship of horses. Realizing the healing affect horses have on Anna, the sisters purchased a miniature horse training it to provide therapy for others. As a result, AppleJack Therapy Foundation was founded, raising awareness of EDS through the companionship of a miniature horse.



Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Defiance, MO
Status Active
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Equine-assisted activities
  3. Horses
  4. Mammals
  5. Missouri
  6. open access
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. therapy animals
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