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‘Therapy horses’ help students de-stress during finals

‘These events need to happen more often’

Continuing a trend of bringing animals on campus to help students manage their stress levels, a student organization at the University of Illinois recently brought “therapy horses” to the school in the midst of finals.

A video posted on Twitter by the student newspaper The Daily Illini shows numerous students on the campus petting several horses on the campus. The horses appear to be a miniature breed. According to The Illini, the school’s Native American house organized the event.

Sarah Locke, an intern at the Native American house, said that the group had hosted the horses on campus last semester as well.

“There’s a lot of therapy animals, but on campus we don’t have a lot of different ones. We usually just have therapy dogs. So we decided that therapy horses might be a really good route to go,” Locke states in the video.

“Overall, we feel like this is a good event, because it really highlights the mental health awareness around…how these types of animals can help in a college environment, and how in need they are, because this is such a large event, and it just shows that these events need to happen more often,” Locke adds in the clip.

Watch the video here.

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