Equest announced that it will be sending two mini horses to area libraries during the months of July and August to help children experience grooming, leading, and feeding a live horse while discussing basic equine behavior, communication, and care. The under 36″ Mini Ambassadors are named Cisco and Dare, and are part of the Equest Specialty Program and Outreach program, directed by Jen Donahue. The free interactive event gives children the opportunity to meet the horses up close and reflect on a horse- or animal- related story.
The remaining dates and locations for Cisco and Dare’s visits are:
- Wednesday, July 18, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Keller Library (640 Johnson Rd, Keller, TX 76248)
- Thursday, July 19, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Polk-Wisdom Branch Library (7151 Library Lane, Dallas, TX 75232)
- Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Audelia Road Branch Library (10045 Audelia Rd, Dallas, TX 75238)
- Friday, July 27, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Park Forest Branch (3421 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75234)
- Sunday, Aug. 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Renner Frankford Branch (6400 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252)
The ultimate goal of the Equest Mini Ambassador Program is to help people of all ages learn about the unique healing bond between humans and horses. Equest’s specially trained miniature therapy horses help deliver the message of therapeutic horsemanship to people at locations that cannot accommodate a full-sized therapy horse. Partnerships such as this allow Equest to fulfill its mission to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine assisted counseling and learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 36 therapy horses, 10 instructors, four therapists, two counselors, and 400 volunteers, lives are changed on a daily basis for more than 3,000 clients served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 40,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. Find out more on the organization’s website.