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Veterans in Connecticut prison getting help from horses

Nov. 6, 2019 3:58 PM EST

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut prison inmate Daniel Elliot says he didn't feel comfortable talking about his problems until he met Hank and Sparky — who happen to be horses. Elliot suffered a traumatic brain injury during an accident while serving on an attack submarine in the Navy. He is serving...

Therapy horse adds to options for veterans

Oct. 27, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

WARNER, S.D. (AP) — Max is 18 and milk wash white with a cap, tail and four socks of brown. Chris Reder calls to him. Max's buddy, JJ, a miniature horse, keeps a watchful eye. "He's a bit feisty," Reder said of Max. The two had just completed a therapy session with a veteran. It's a warm-in-the-sun, breezy...

Therapy pooches soothing students at Battle Creek's schools

Oct. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A second grader at Prairieview Elementary was having a rough start to a gloomy on a recent Wednesday morning. Rain had spoiled a chance to use the playground, and the boy was having a bout of separation anxiety as he entered his classroom. Ohana came to his rescue. The boy was...