If I asked you to picture a horse, it is most likely you would also picture a rider…a jousting knight, a cowboy riding off into the sunset, a jockey circling the racetrack. Horses have long been our partners in work, travel, play, and creative pursuits. Now a new pilot program in the Bay Area draws upon this partnership to help those living with dementia.
According to a press release, the Connected Horse Project is “a a groundbreaking pilot study to explore how guided engagement with horses might help people living with dementia and their care partners.”
Nancy Schier Anzelmo and Paula Hertel are colleagues and friends. They are both well known in the senior living industry where they have worked as consultants for about 20 years. They both have a passion to improve assisted living and dementia care. They also both love and own horses. These combined enthusiasms led them to create a new joint endeavor, which they’ll launch later this month – The Connected Horse Project.