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Ten Years of Magic

When a real horse walks into a child’s hospital room it is always a magical experience.

Therapy horse Magic is celebrating ten years of bringing her special magic to adults and children who need it most.

Magic has comforted survivors and first responders of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. She worked with the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, victims of the fires in Gatlinburg, TN, child trafficking victims in Washington, D.C., families in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and thousands of patients in children’s and veterans’ hospitals across the country.

Magic works with medical professionals in oncology units, the ICU, and with occupational, speech and physical therapists as part of the treatment teams for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, and burns. She brings her love to Gold Star families, is an honorary Sheriff’s Deputy for her years of work with first responders, and even helped teach a class at Columbia Medical School in NYC.

Working indoors would be a challenge for any horse but with her years of experience, she makes it look easy, even in high rise hospital buildings. Magic walks up and down steps, rides in elevators, walks on unusual floor surfaces, carefully moves around hospital and television studio equipment, works in small patient rooms, and stays calm around unexpected sounds like ambulances, alarms, and hospital helicopters… and yes, she is house trained.

Magic also works inside schools and libraries, with mentoring programs, at literacy events, and at education resource centers in high crime neighborhoods. Her award winning literacy program Reading Is Magic “brings books to life” for young readers with a special focus on at risk readers.

Some video of Magic at work:

http://www.today.com/video/miniature-horse-makes-dying-womans-wish-come-true-573356611506

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/pulse-orlando-shooting/therapy-horses-provide-healing-to-medical-examiners-office#

http://www.click2houston.com/news/horse-named-magic-aims-to-lift-spirits-for-trauma-patients

Over the past ten years Magic received awards and honors including:

One of History’s 10 Most Courageous Animals – TIME Magazine
Selected to be a Breyer Portrait Model Horse.
Most Heroic Pet In America – AARP
A Reader’s Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero
One of the 10 Most Heroic Animals of 2010 – Newsweek/The Daily Beast
2014 E. T. York Distinguished Service Award
One of Seven Most Notable Animal Heroes in the World – The Daily Mirror 2014
Featured in 125 Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-legged Heroes by National Geographic – 2014
Autism Paws of Honor Award
Pet Hero of the Year 2016/Florida Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame
American Red Cross A Hero Among Us Outstanding Service Award – 2016
Featured in The Book of Heroes by National Geographic – 2017
Ronald McDonald House Caring and Sharing Award – 2017
United States Equestrian Federation/Equus Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame

Therapy horse Magic is a member of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity celebrating 20 years of service.  The teams of therapy horses bring love to over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with families who have experienced traumatic events.

We are looking forward to the next ten years with this amazing little horse.

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
www.gentlecarouseltherapyhorses.com
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352-226-9009

Awards for Little Therapy Horse Magic

Therapy horse Magic of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses received the 2016 Pet Hero of the Year award in Tampa, FL and became a member of the FVMA Pet Hall of Fame.

Magic also received an American Red Cross Hero Among Us Outstanding Service Award in Nashville, TN in 2016 and is featured in the newly released The Book of Heroes by National Geographic.

The tiny horse has helped survivors, medical professionals and first responders of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. She has also worked with the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington, D.C., and in children’s and veterans hospitals across the country.

http://www.today.com/video/miniature-horse-makes-dying-womans-wish-come-true-573356611506

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/pulse-orlando-shooting/therapy-horses-provide-healing-to-medical-examiners-office#

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity, works with over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs and with families who have experienced traumatic events.

Some of Magic’s other honors include:

One of History’s 10 Most Courageous Animals – TIME Magazine
Most Heroic Pet in America – AARP
A Reader’s Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero
One of the 10 Most Heroic Animals of 2010 – The Daily Beast
E. T. York Distinguished Service Award
One of Seven Most Notable Animal Heroes in the World – The Daily Mirror
Magic is a Deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
United States Equestrian Federation/Equus Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame – 2015

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
www.Horse-Therapy.org
www.facebook.com/TherapyHorses
352-226-9009

Special Ceremony Honoring Therapy Horse Magic

Sheriff Sadie Darnell will hold a special recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Road, Gainesville. The ceremony will be to honor therapy horse Magic from the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. Magic will be “taking the oath” before leaving to represent the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and all of Alachua County while attending the 34th Annual National Police Officers’ Memorial Week in Washington, D.C. in May 2015.

Magic has been scheduled to make dozens of private and group visits with children whose parent or other family members were killed in the line of duty. She will be with families for engraving of names on the Memorial Wall, attend the Honor Guard Competition and ride the subway to Washington, D.C. landmarks with children. She will even do good night “tuck ins” with children at hotels, leaving stuffed toy horses on each bed. While in Washington, D.C., Magic will also visit a children’s hospital and a veterans’ hospital.

Magic has worked with first responders across the country for many years. From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, she brings her special love where it is needed most. She has worked with law enforcement community outreach programs and visited injured members of law enforcement and their families in hospitals across the country.

Magic received a national honor last month with her induction into the United States Equestrian Federation Horse Stars Hall of Fame. She was honored as a humanitarian for “having a life changing and inspirational impact on the public.”

When Magic is not traveling, she has a one-of-a-kind partnership with the University of Florida Health Shands Rehab Hospital in Gainesville, an acute hospital for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and burns. Magic works with occupational, speech and physical therapists as part of the treatment team.

She has inspired patients in the therapy gym to reach out their arms for the first time and helped patients who are learning how to use adaptive equipment like walkers and wheelchairs. She even demonstrates rehab training stairs and ramps. Magic has inspired patients who have stood or walked for the very first time since their accidents or surgeries.

Please join us in deputizing Magic as she begins the journey to honor individuals who have been injured or killed in service to the public.

From Art Forgey, Public Information Officer for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Therapy Horse Magic Inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame

Photos courtesy of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses.

Gainesville, FL (February 22, 2014) — Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses has received a national honor with the induction of therapy horse Magic into the United States Equestrian Federation and EQUUS Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame for 2015. Magic was inducted at the EQUUS Foundation’s Fete Coeval Etoile on Friday, February 20 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. The Horse Stars Hall of Fame was established by the USEF and EQUUS Foundation to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and their magical and powerful bond with people.

Magic was honored as a humanitarian for having a life changing and inspirational impact on the public. From helping children and first responders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT to child trafficking victims in Washington, D.C. and tornado survivors in Moore, OK, Magic brings her special love where it is needed most. She visits children’s hospitals across the country.

When Magic is not traveling she has a one of a kind partnership with the University of Florida Health Shands Rehab Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, an acute hospital for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and burns. Magic works with occupational, speech and physical therapists as part of the treatment team. She has inspired patients in the therapy gym to reach out their arms for the first time and helped patients who are learning how to use adaptive equipment like walkers and wheelchairs. She even demonstrates rehab training stairs and ramps. Magic has worked with patients who have stood or walked for the very first time since their accidents or surgeries. Therapists have seen exceptional progress and motivation with patients teamed with the little horse.

Magic2Working indoors would be a challenge for any horse but Magic makes it look easy. She walks up and down stairs, rides in elevators, walks on unusual floor surfaces, carefully moves around hospital equipment, works in small rooms and handles unexpected sounds like ambulances, alarms and hospital helicopters… and yes she is house trained. Every hospital is different and when Magic enters a new hospital she does not get a practice run. She must be comfortable walking through the door and crowds of people with her trainer no matter what new sights and sounds she encounters on the way.

The inductees were featured in a video and photo gallery accompanied by stories of their achievements.

Owners of the honored horses arrived from around the country. Therapy horse Magic attended the ceremony and met with fans and guests indoors during dinner and events. She also played with Harry de Leyer, owner and trainer of the famous Snowman (Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse Who Inspired a Nation) after the ceremony. Both Magic and Snowman were inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. “I will never forget you, Magic,” Mr. de Leyer told the little horse.

Magic’s other honors include:

One of History’s 10 Most Courageous Animals – Time Magazine

Most Heroic Pet in America – AARP

A Reader’s Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero

One of the 10 Most Heroic Animals of 2010 – Newsweek/The Daily Beast

2014 Winner of the E. T. York Distinguished Service Award

A children’s park in Greece named after Magic and dedicated by former Prime Minister of Greece, Kostas Karamanlis

One of Seven Most Notable Animal Heroes in the World – UK’s The Daily Mirror 2014

Featured in 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets – National Geographic Kids 2014

Featured in her own book, The Power of Magic – DT Publishing Group/New York, 2014

Magic and Gentle Carousel partner Hamlet immortalized with their own 2014 Breyer Portrait Horse Models.

For more information about Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses:
www.facebook.com/therapyhorses
www.horse-therapy.org

A Teacher’s Last Gift – Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses

Nadine Tull was a wonderful teacher. She loved her students and she loved horses.

Ms. Tull first met a team of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses at a program in Ocala, Florida seven years ago and dreamed of someday bringing the tiny horses to her school. Two years ago Ms. Tull started writing and calling Gentle Carousel. She also attended Gentle Carousel’s Reading Is Magic library programs and talked to the volunteers about her dream.

As a teacher she was very touched that her favorite therapy horse Magic had comforted school children after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and after the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma.

This year her school, Dunnellon Elementary School, had a goal of earning 6,000 Accelerated Reader points by the middle of the year. The students were told that if they met their goal, Ms. Tull would ask the horses from Gentle Carousel to join them in a celebration. Ms. Tull gave each teacher in her school a fictional book about horses to read to their students. She put up posters of Gentle Carousel horses on the school cafeteria walls and in her classroom. A fellow teacher even wrote a song called “Welcome to the Magical Land of Reading” and it was made into a DVD to send to Gentle Carousel with the invitation.

Blaze300fFBThe school’s media specialist decorated the library in an equine theme, including a display with saddle, bridle, toy horses and posters of Gentle Carousel horses. Each week, the school principal announced how many AR points the school had earned. By January 15, 2014, the students had earned 10,000 points – far surpassing their goal.

Because of the students’ hard work and Ms. Tull’s persistence, Gentle Carousel agreed to bring their reading program and horses to the school. The students continued reading and earned 17,000 AR points, more than they ever had ever earned before. They even set a goal to reach an amazing 20,000 points by the end of the school year.

The week finally came that the horses were going to visit Ms. Tull’s school. Ms. Tull called Gentle Carousel to say how excited she was that the plans had all worked out and the students would finally meet the horses she had loved for so long. She was especially happy that her favorite horse Magic was going to visit her classroom after the reading program to work on a project with her students. Ms. Tull had spent time with Magic just the week before at a library program.

But to the surprise of the school staff, Ms. Tull, who lived alone, did not come to school or call the Monday before the horses were to arrive. It was something she would never do. Her principal and two teachers went to her home to check on her. They found that Ms. Tull had passed away while she was sleeping.

Blaze300aFBGentle Carousel’s Reading Is Magic program came to the school yesterday to honor Ms. Tull. Therapy horse Magic’s job changed and she was now there to comfort the students after the loss of a much loved teacher. She met each student in the school and then visited Ms. Tull’s classroom to spend more time with her students.

Ms. Tull did not see her dream take place but her final act as a teacher was to arrange the love of a therapy horse to be with her students when they needed it the most. The students lost their teacher but the great lessons she taught them will always be part of their lives.

“The children have fallen in love with reading this year and I know it is because they want to see the beautiful miniature horses of Gentle Carousel. Thank you for making our dream come true.” – Ms. Tull (from a note she wrote two days before she passed away)

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www.Horse-Therapy.org
www.facebook.com/TherapyHorses

Two Florida Therapy Horses Newest Breyer Model Horses

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity based in Gainesville, Florida. The teams of tiny horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs and with children who have experienced traumatic events. From Sandy Hook Elementary School/ Newtown, CT to the tornado survivors in Moore, OK to child trafficking victims in Washington, D.C., they bring their special love where it is needed most.  Gentle Carousel is currently working with children living in orphanages in Athens, Greece and then will be returning home to make hospital visits in Nashville, TN and Florida for the holidays.

Gentle Carousel therapy horses Magic and Hamlet are the newest Breyer Model Horses.  Earlier this year, therapy horse Magic was even invited to tour the famous Breyer factory (Reeves International Inc.) in Pequannock, NJ and meet the artist working on her original model. She was returning from a second trip to Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT and the Yale-New Haven Children’s hospital and stopped to visit a child with a life ending illness in New Jersey where the factory is located. Magic is the first horse to ever to visit inside the Breyer factory.

GentleCarousel2Magic and Hamlet will be also be special guests at the 25th Silver Celebration BreyerFest in 2014.  BreyerFest, the world’s largest model horse collector and equine festival, is held each year at the Kentucky Horse Park. More than 10,000 people will attend. Breyer has strong ties to the real horse world and say they add “the latest and greatest stars” to their model line each year.

Therapy horse Magic was also named by TIME Magazine one of History’s Ten Most Heroic Animals (the only living animal on the list). She is AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in America, a Readers Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero and was one of Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Ten Most Heroic Animals in America.

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
www.Horse-Therapy.org
www.facebook.com/TherapyHorses
352-226-9009

Helping Hooves Headed to Newtown, CT

Along with many from around the world, we mourn with the families of Newtown, CT in the wake of the horrific tragedy which took the lives of so many, most of whom were 6 and 7 year old children.  As we tried to think of ways in which we might help, we learned that Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses (a local non-profit charity) had been contacted to bring their team of miniature horses to work with the families who have been devastated by this unimaginable tragedy.  As you may realize, this is an expensive undertaking.  If you, too, are looking for a way to help, please consider supporting Gentle Carousel as they head out to aid this small, tight-knit community in dealing with the loss of so many.  Clicking here will take you to their PayPal donation page.  We would appreciate it if you could forward to your friends, family, and co-workers as they may be looking for ways to help as well.

The following information has been provided by Gentle Carousel about their mission and this trip.

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Boy and Horse Inspire People around the World

Miniature therapy horses Mozart and Cloudburst went to visit a young man named Joseph with Pompe disease who was in the hospital participating in a painful clinical trial.  The trial could one day help young children. Joseph had dreamed of meeting a real horse but had never seen one in person before that day.  When Mozart saw Joseph he walked over on his own and gently put his head in the young man’s lap.  They stayed there together and after a few minutes Mozart just closed his eyes, ignoring everything going on around them.  He refused to move away from Joseph, something he had never done before, except to walk along with him next to the wheelchair.  He stayed with his head resting in Joseph’s lap for over a half hour until it was time for the young man to return to his room.

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Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses Thank You

We had our horses and Reading Is Magic program at the Keystone Heights library in Florida this year.  So many people came that I don’t think they could have put another person inside.  Everyone was so nice (especially Ms. Whipple the librarian) and they actually moved most of the furniture out on the lawn to fit everyone inside for the program.

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses visited over 18,000 adults and children in hospitals care, hospice programs, assisted living programs and libraries in 2011.

We hope you have a great New Year!

Jorge Garcia-Bengochea
Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
www.Horse-Therapy.org
352-226-9009
An all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity

Home of Magic the Therapy Horse
Selected by TIME magazine/CNN one of History’s 10 Most Heroic Animals
Named Most Heroic Pet In America by AARP
A Reader’s Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero
Named one of the 10 Most Heroic Animals of 2010 by Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Holiday News for Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses

Every child wants a pony for Christmas.

When a real horse walks into the hospital room or bedroom of a sick child it is always magical experience but during the holidays it is even more special. Therapy horses Peanut and Cloudburst dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting children inside hospitals and in hospice care from now until Christmas. They will be joined by other tiny therapy horses (only 19-24 inches tall) dressed as elves and nutcracker horses. Each horse has an iPod so holiday music follows them from room to room.

Known as “The Santa Ponies”, they will also work with sheriff’s officers reaching out to children in a high crime neighborhoods, visit children spending the holidays in homeless shelters, help with a food drive in a shopping mall and perform on stage at a concert to benefit children with cancer.

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