Horses visit Mountain Lake nursing home residents

MOUNTAIN LAKE, M.N. – Good Samaritan Society - Mountain Lake residents got a surprise visit Saturday from several four-legged friends.

Heritage Horse Farms joined the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for its fall festival.

Trained therapy horses kept residents company outdoors as they enjoyed live music, snacks and cider.

Bed-ridden elders got in on the action, too. A small pony was brought inside to greet people one-on-one.

Good Samaritan Society Activities Director Lori Golinghorst said, “We go into the room, and the horses are trained to just go right up alongside the bed, to nuzzle in with the residents and love on them.”

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