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Stressed students encouraged to try horse-assisted intervention

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December 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM

What: HorseSense: A meet and greet with UBC Okanagan students and horses
Who: UBC students, staff, faculty and Lightbulb-Coaching
When: Wednesday, December 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Behind Purcell residence, 1323 International Mews, UBC’s Okanagan campus

The idea of animal-assisted intervention to help with stress, originally introduced on campus by the BARK canine therapy program, is now galloping off in a new direction at UBC Okanagan.

Horse-assisted intervention, where people interact with horses in order to positively influence their mental health, takes place Wednesday, December 13. Four horses, Frodo, Dobby, Lukas and Caspian will be available for students to pet, groom, and chat with for two hours. The horses initially visited the campus in October and Tracey Hawthorn, Director of Wellbeing at UBC Okanagan’s campus, says it was an overwhelming success.

Lightbulb-Coaching’s Annika Voeltz is a horse-assisted therapist and is bringing the horses to the campus. Both Voeltz and Hawthorn will be available for media interviews before and during the event.

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