Magic the Miniature Mare

8 Oct

Magic the Miniature Mare

By Katy Steinmetz Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

"Magic" is a well known certified therapy pony

William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

Sometimes heroism can come in the quieter, more unassuming guise of a miniature therapy horse (such as the one seen above). Magic, a blue-eyed mare, regularly visited patients who needed comfort, whether in group homes, hospitals or hospice-care facilities, but one particular interaction gained her recognition as AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in 2010. Magic went to visit a patient who had lived in an assisted-living facility and hadn’t spoken to anyone during her three years there. But the moment she laid eyes on Magic, she said, “Isn’t she beautiful?” Those first words caused the staff to break out in tears, and she continued to communicate from that point onward. The Florida program that brought the two together, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, continues to work its magic in the Sunshine State.

2 Responses to “Magic the Miniature Mare”

  1. Jorge Garcia October 20, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    The photo that TIME used for this story is not of Magic the therapy horse. To see photos of the real Magic at work visit:

    • Notsuredomus October 21, 2011 at 12:30 am #

      Really? You know I had two versions of the same story in front of me. I thought that the ponies in the two pics looked a little different but since the stories themselves were nearly identical I figured it was just the different angle, so I picked the photo that had better lighting. Thanks for the info I will have to get the right pony. At least it was the right species lol. A therapy pony named magic with a photo of a cat would have been embarrassing. Either that critter really is magic or this post was added by a moron. Probably a little of both…..

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