She might be small in stature but miniature pony Honey has a big heart, and along with her handler Jessica Graham, is helping people of all abilities.
When Childers woman Jessica Graham first met the seven-year-old pony three years ago, she knew there was something unique about her.
“I have owned Honey for three years now and it didn't take long for me to realise that she is one very special pony,” Jessica said.
“She’s not just the typical mini pony. In fact, she has the sweetest and kindest nature that you could ever ask for in a pony.”
Miniature pony Honey provides support
It was Honey's kind and gentle nature that helped create Jessica's business called Equine Assisted Support, combining her love for horses and helping people.
“I provide a mobile service where I bring Honey along to meet and interact with clients,” Jessica said.
“We have a range of clients from pre-school aged children to the elderly and we travel all over from Childers to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.
“I also recently attended the Sensory Olympics at Susan River Homestead. This was an event for children with autism and Honey was very much loved by all who attended.”
Jessica said through Equine Assisted Support, Honey met with all sorts of people with all sorts of abilities.
“Honey always forms a connection with people and just seems to know what they need,” she said.
“Honey senses if people need her to be calm or a little more boisterous. She mimics the emotion of the person.”
Helping people a passion
Jessica said helping people had always been a huge passion of hers.
“At the young age of 16 I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and that was to help people,” she said.
“I started out working in a dementia unit then progressed into disability support.
“From residential care to community and respite care, I have gained over 10 years experience with the aged and disability services.”
Bringing horses into her working life was a natural progression for Jessica, who said she had been around the animals from a young age.
“Since my childhood I've been lucky enough to grow up with horses,” she said.
“Knowing first hand how much of a positive effect horses have had on me, I decided to come together with my lovely miniature pony to provide Equine Assisted Support.”
Benefits of Honey's help
Jessica said Honey loved to meet with clients and was always willing to please.
“Her interaction with clients has proven to be so beneficial not only with the clients but also for Honey and myself,” she said.
“I feel very privileged to own such a wonderful pony that has helped and will continue to help the people that she meets.”
To find out more about Equine Assisted Support visit the Facebook page here.
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