Horse therapy gaining traction in Singapore

St. Theresa's Home resident Agatha Lee (in wheelchair) strolling with Argentinian former polo pony Costera on Sept 17, 2019. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
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SINGAPORE - The weather on this September 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 walk 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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