Therapy horses are specially trained to bring people joy while also providing them with a sense of calm and comfort. Though most therapy horses are miniatures, the therapy horse in this case is a Clydesdale.
Margie and Scott Provenzano own Renee, also known as Neigh-Neigh, a 13-year-old Clydesdale mare. Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo includes the Provenzanos and Neigh-Neigh.
Renee visits local nursing homes in addition to participating in the “Ride the Clyde” program.
Many people have been made happy by Neigh-Neigh. Her specialty, on the other hand, has been visiting seniors in nursing home halls.
Neigh-Neigh went to the Village of East Harbor Senior Living Community in Chesterfield, Michigan, for her first nursing home visit. She illuminated the entire facility during her visit.
Although the staff were a little concerned about having such a large horse visit, administrator Carolyn Martin was not going to pass up the opportunity. It was Neigh-first Neigh’s time indoors, but she handled it admirably. The sight of Neigh-Neigh drew every resident out of their rooms, and the building erupted with joy at her presence. Even residents who don’t usually go to events came out to see Clydesdale.
Neigh-Neigh made it a point to visit with every resident because they couldn’t get enough of her. Clydesdale stayed for two and a half hours, despite the fact that the event was only supposed to last an hour. One of the most memorable parts of the visit was when a memory care resident became visibly excited at the sight of Neigh-Neigh.
When the mare arrived, she reached down gently, and the two shared a heartwarming moment with their heads pressed together. There were very few dry eyes among the staff and visitors by the end of the visit. Not only did all of the seniors enjoy the visit, but so did Neigh-Neigh.