Little Horses Big Smiles Therapy through equine animal assisted therapy and activities is dedicated to bringing LOVE, JOY, HAPPINESS, and HEALING from moments that can't be described with words!!!
Little Horses Big Smiles is an all volunteer 501c3 non profit that provides animal assisted therapy and activities to various type of health facilities, schools, and other special events.
Charlie (The STAR) is a 2.5 year old miniature horse. Charlie and I are a registered animal assisted therapy and activities team with Pet Partners. Pet Partners at this time is the only national organization that registers miniature equine for animal assisted therapy and activities. There are a few smaller organizations but nothing national
His "herd" at home is made up of me, my 9 year old son Dylan, our Yorkie Jackson, and our "rescue mutt" Thunder. We have been visiting for over two years in West and Central Michigan to various nursing homes, schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, a brain injury facility, and the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans. I come from a military family with 2 brothers who are veterans and one who is still serving in the Air National Guard. The veterans of our great nation mean the world to us. The veterans at the home refer to my Charlie as "Our Charlie." We love our monthly visits to the veterans home.
Charlie brings joy, smiles, and comfort to everyone we visit whether it be an actual therapy visit or a shopping outing to the various pet friendly local store we go to for supplies. Charlie not only is a therapy horse but is learning lots of tricks. His most loved trick is to smile!!!! He smiles at everyone and the smiles you see from his smile are so big and genuine. Charlie loves to give kisses and hugs while on visits as well. We are so blessed and honored in what we do.