Library encourages children to horseplay this summer!
Escape the heat and enjoy the air conditioning with Equest’s celebrity Mini Ambassadors, Cisco and Dare. The two miniature horses under 36” tall, will be visiting “neigh”borhood libraries throughout the summer for a unique equine story time experience. During each visit, Cisco, Dare, and Equest Specialty Program and Outreach Director Jen Donahue will help children experience grooming, leading, and feeding a live horse while discussing basic equine behavior, communication, and care. The free interactive event gives children the opportunity to meet the horses up close and reflect on a horse- or animal- related story.
Cisco and Dare will be trotting to the following libraries this summer.
- Tuesday, July 10, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Preston Royal Library (5626 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75229)
- Saturday, July 14, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Timberglen Branch Library (18505 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75287)
- Wednesday, July 18, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Keller Library (640 Johnson Rd, Keller, TX 76248)
- Thursday, July 19, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Polk-Wisdom Branch Library (7151 Library Lane, Dallas, TX 75232)
- Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Audelia Road Branch Library (10045 Audelia Rd, Dallas, TX 75238)
- Friday, July 27, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Park Forest Branch (3421 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75234)
- Sunday, Aug. 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Renner Frankford Branch(6400 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252)
The ultimate goal of the Equest Mini Ambassador Program is to help people of all ages learn about the unique healing bond between humans and horses. Equest’s specially trained miniature therapy horses help deliver the message of therapeutic horsemanship to people at locations that cannot accommodate a full-sized therapy horse. Partnerships such as this allow Equest to fulfill its mission to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine assisted learning, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine assisted counseling and learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 36 therapy horses, 10 instructors, four therapists, two counselors, and 400 volunteers, lives are changed on a daily basis for more than 3,000 clients served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 40,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. www.equest.org