Equine Dreams NorthStar 

Miniature Horse Program

Equine Dreams Premier Accredited Equestrian Activities offers Miniature horse visits


Equine Dreams has been doing EAA (Equine Assisted Activities) since 1996. In addition to our miniature horses being part of a Premier Accredited Equine Facility, our visiting team of minis have also passed a comprehensive Pet Partners Evaluation. They visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, homehealth, etc.

NorthStar Minis have been hand-picked and trained for indoor activities. Equine Dreams selects specific minis who enjoy traveling and socializing to become a NorthStar visiting mini. NorthStar Mini visits are accompanied by a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor who provides all training and handling of all Mini horses.

Northstar Minis are Registered Animals, fully trained and members of Equine Dreams, a Premier Accredited Equine Therapeutic Program where they live with their instructors/trainers. Equine Dreams is a 501c3 not-for-profit volunteer run organization that provides animal assisted activities. See below for programs offered by Equine Dreams.

NorthStar Miniature Horse visits are by appointment only.
To schedule a visit, or to request information (proof of registration and/or insurance certificate), email us at minivisit@equinedreams.org
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Equine Dreams offers a variety of planned interactions with our northstar minis.

Miniature Horse Programs:

1. Childrens Homes and Development Centers

2. Nursing Homes

3. Hospital Programs:

4. Schools and Librarys

5. Therapy Programs

6. Hospice

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Schedule for Miniature Horse Visits

2019

April:

26- Haskin Elementary School, Sandwich

May:

6 - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
    - Marklund children's home and school, Bloomingdale
    - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
30 - Marklund children's home and school, Geneva
June:
3   - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
      - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
      - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
27- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
July:
1 - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
    - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
    - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
25- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
      - Willowcrest Nursing Home, Sandwich
August:
5    - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
      - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
      - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
15- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
 
September:
2    - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
       - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
       - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
26- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
 
October:
7    - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
       - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
       - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
31- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
        - Willowcrest Nursing Home, Sandwich  
November:
4  - Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
    - Marklund school, Bloomingdale
    - Northwestern Medicine MarianJoy Hospital, Wheaton
14- Marklund childrens' home and school, Geneva
      

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Miniature Therapy Horses Visit CDH PICU

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital had some special visitors last month — three miniature therapy horses from Equine Dreams. The visit was a trial run to familiarize our pediatric patients and staff with the horses and the animals with the unit. The horses will begin to make monthly appearances starting in August. 

In July, three miniature therapy horses visited the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. This was the first visit to CDH by the horses from Equine Dreams, a not-for-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with developmental needs. Starting in August, two of the horses will be making appearances in the PICU once a month.

“The kids loved them and staff got a better sense of how gentle these animals are,” says Dora Castro-Ahillen, child life therapy coordinator at CDH. “There are so many things our pediatric patients experience, but we can help create a prominent, positive memory for them.”

The miniature therapy horses are known for their calm temperament, and children can pet, groom and even accessorize them. They’re also house trained and only eat plants, and two trainers accompany each horse. Visits from the horses were approved by Infection Control.