Therapy Horse Brings Smiles to Seniors at Nashoba Park

AYER, MA — While Idaho the miniature horse may be small in stature, he performs a very important job. Residents of Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer recently enjoyed a visit from Idaho and the team at Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses, who travel to senior living communities and other care settings providing comfort, and a little laughter, to everyone they meet.

Lifting Spirits’ therapy horses are trained to interact with people of all ages to assist in alleviating both mental and physical stress on the body. Along with bringing joy to seniors, contact with animals has several benefits including lowering blood pressure, reducing agitation, and may even stimulate fond memories from residents’ pasts.
Nashoba Park Assisted Living, a Volunteers of America Massachusetts Senior Community, offers local seniors service-enriched assisted living. Learn more online at