Healing horses

Equine therapy, which helps improve the well-being of seniors with dementia or depression, as well as those with special needs, has been gaining traction in Singapore

The weather on this afternoon is hazy and humid, but it does nothing to dampen the spirits of the 10 nursing home residents - some of whom are in wheelchairs - who are eagerly waiting to move around with and groom two gentle beasts.

Argentinian former polo ponies Costera and Valentina are the stars of this session by charity Equal-Ark Singapore, whose Elderly Programme has used equine therapy to help improve the emotional well-being of hundreds of seniors with dementia or depression.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'Healing horses'. Print Edition | Subscribe