There’s a pet therapy program at one of the facilities I do clinicals at, and they have a tiny horse!!!
Pet therapy people always say stuff about how the animal intuitively knows what patients need, and maybe there’s some truth in that, but I think a lot of the appeal of therapy animals is what they don’t know. They don’t know how to think sickness is unattractive, they don’t know how to be uncomfortable around people who are sick, they don’t know how to blame people for getting sick. I think that’s the service an animal can really provide that a human can’t—they’re literally incapable of judging you. The tiny horse doesn’t have any preconceptions about you except “hey, a human, maybe they’ll scritch me” and it’s sort of sad and sort of wonderful how therapeutic that is.