Temple University Hospital adds miniature horse power to therapy animal program

Little Miranda, a miniature therapy horse from Jacobs Mane of Hope, made her debut at Temple University Hospital.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Miniature horses are joining the ranks of other therapy animals making the rounds at Philadelphia-area hospitals. 

Patients, visitors and staff at Temple Universality Hospital in North Philadelphia have already been alleviating stress for years with a therapy dog program. 

On Wednesday Little Miranda, a miniature therapy horse from Jacobs Mane of Hope, made her debut at the hospital, and she was a big hit.

Rosalyn Sachaczenski is the president of the nonprofit.

"I love to see people smile, especially when they are in really dark places. It's priceless," she said. "I'm just so incredibly blessed to do this and bring smiles and hope to people." 

And when Miranda makes these visits at hospitals, she gets all dolled up with flowers, a special vest and special shoes that can be sanitized in between uses.

Victoria Irizarry's friend was at the hospital about to give birth. 

"It got me out of the waiting room and put a smile on my face," she said.

Cassandra Cuesta is the hospital's director of patient experience.

"It really does help with our patients' healing, with pain management, and comfort that patients experience in the hospital," she said. "And also for our staff, it really helps with our staff with stress levels." 

Money was also be raised to benefit animals organizations like Pennsylvania SPCA and Jacobs Mane of Hope.