Miniature horses provide support for families at Ronald McDonald House

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- A tiny horse is bringing big smiles to some families at Gainesville's Ronald McDonald House.

Two-month-old Mercury is only one of dozens of miniature horses trained to comfort families who have experienced traumatic events.
The horses are part of a non-profit organization based in Gainesville.

“They're amazing little horses. They bring a sense of courage and innocence back to families. When they come, the families forget about their problems and it's just a happy time,” says Jorge Garcia-Bengochea, the Executive Director of Gentle Carousel’s Miniature Horse Therapy.

Their horses have traveled all over the country, even going so far as to provide support to those affected by Sandy Hook. They have also worked with families of victims and first responders to Pulse's nightclub shooting.

The therapy horses visit the Ronald McDonald House every Wednesday.