Miniature Horse Draws Smiles from Seniors

Michelangelo and Sophie (AL Resident)

Sporting black converse and gold buckles, a very special guest by the name of Michelangelo paid a visit to the residents of Stein Assisted Living on Thursday morning. 

To the surprise of many, Michelangelo was not the typical visitor, but instead an eight-year-old miniature horse. Michelangelo is described as a gentle presence and has been visiting different facilities since five months old. He is trained to go in elevators, up and down stairs, and into resident bedrooms as needed. In spending a few minutes with each resident, Michelangelo was able to meet and greet over thirty residents during his trip to Stein.

   Michelangelo and Muriel (AL Resident)

Michelangelo is part of an organization based out of Chester, New Jersey, known as Hope’s Promise. This organization is known for its educational and therapeutic equine programs for individuals of all ages.

“Never did I think I would be so happy to see a horse in the living room!” shared Muriel Hyman, a resident of Stein Assisted Living. “It is such a unique way of destressing and it gave us all a little excitement early in the morning. I think that having animals around and just watching the interactions is a wonderful experience.”