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Waveny LifeCare, New Canaan Mounted Troop Launch Equine Care Program

New Canaan Mounted Troop and Waveny LifeCare Network residents are working together in a launched a therapeutic four-week Equine Care pilot program.
New Canaan Mounted Troop and Waveny LifeCare Network residents are working together in a launched a therapeutic four-week Equine Care pilot program. Photo Credit: Contributed
Waveny LifeCare residents work with Nicole Karaman and Melissa Murray.
Waveny LifeCare residents work with Nicole Karaman and Melissa Murray. Photo Credit: Contributed
Hannah Wirfel, a PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor, works with Janet, a resident of Waveny LifeCare Network in New Canaan.
Hannah Wirfel, a PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor, works with Janet, a resident of Waveny LifeCare Network in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan Mounted Troop and Waveny LifeCare Network launched a therapeutic four-week Equine Care pilot program for residents at both Waveny Care Center and The Village at Waveny, as well as participants in Waveny’s Adult Day Program.

Led by New Canaan Mounted Troop’s PATH certified instructors, Waveny’s program participants groomed horses and learned about equine behaviors and nutrition.

Timing of this therapeutic program follows a recently-published Ohio State University study that scientifically correlated time spent with horses on a farm with both physical and mental relief in subjects with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other neurocognitive issues.

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