When Fred, a mini horse, made an appearance at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he captured all of the attention.
The miniature horse belongs to Little Horses Big Smiles, a nonprofit organization out of Fremont, Michigan. The adorable mini horse is in training to become a service animal.
He served a good purpose as he made his way around to do his floor visits.
“We bring the horses because it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Ronica Froese, who runs the nonprofit, said. “I love volunteering for the kids. We visit once a month for the children. It’s a joy like no other.”
Fred makes his rounds wearing shoes over his hooves and a vest covering him that identifies him as a therapy animal. The friendly horse is 14 months old, which makes him just about the same age as some of the kids he comforts.
His visits not only comfort the children and give them something new and exciting to do, but Fred’s visits get them out of their rooms and offers them a distraction.
“I think he was excited to see Fred the pony come in today,” said Kelly Dykstra, whose son Elliot had the opportunity to meet little Fred. “It was nice to get out of the room and be interactive.”
The children Fred met were also given a stuffed horse to keep, so they had something to remember their visit by.
Fred also makes his way around to other children’s hospitals in the nearby area to visit with kids who could use a lift in spirits.
See how Fred brings the smiles to children’s faces in this video.
Footage provided by WXMI Grand Rapids
This story originally appeared at LittleThings.
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