Marlborough – Cindy Innes and Linda Murray, co-leaders of the Norfolk County Mini Whinnies, brought smiles to New Horizons at Marlborough residents, when they visited with two miniature horses.? The horses, or “Mini Whinnies” as they are called, were “Boss” (a miniature paint) and “Pixie” (a miniature chestnut).? They arrived at the assisted living residence to the delight of more than 50 seniors, who lined the front lawns and sidewalks waiting for a chance to feed apples and baby carrots to the two diminutive equines. The horses made their way through the crowd, escorted by members of the Mini Whinnie 4H miniature horse club based in Sharon.
According to the website www.ncminiwhinnies.weebly.com, miniature horses can be trained as service animals, akin to assistance dogs for people with disabilities.?They are smart, friendly and interact well with people.?
Diane Richmond, activities coordinator at New Horizons, concurred with this assessment.?
“Having the minis come here to visit was a real thrill,” she said. “Many of our residents are animal lovers, and the minis were so sweet and well behaved – they made a lot of people very happy.”