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. Theresa's Home resident Agatha Lee (in wheelchair) strolling with Argentinian former polo pony Costera on Sept 17, 2019.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

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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