Equine Therapy: More than Just Horsing Around

Equine therapy at Felician School for Exceptional Children.

Learning how to handle horses means making sure that they don’t trample any flowers, step on people’s toes, or nibble on anyone.

All year, students at Felician School for Exceptional Children have been learning about horse care, handling, and behavior, and they applied all of their lessons when they took turns introducing miniature horses named Michaelangelo and Alexander the Great to residents of Immaculate Conception Convent in Lodi, NJ. As the students presented their equine friends to the sisters, they told the horses’ names, ages, and the best places to pet them.

The horses, from Hope’s Promise Farm in Chester, NJ have provided enriching equine therapy visits to the students at FSEC for many years. This year, FSEC extended the learning opportunity by giving the students a chance to groom the horses and then take them to visit the sisters. The students instructed the sisters on how to interact with the horses and answered questions about the horses and their care.

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Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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