As if hearing talk about how yoga with goats is now a thing in NJ on the radio this morning wasn’t enough, I couldn’t help but to shake my head and chuckle as I stumbled across several articles this morning surrounding the news of miniature horses offering support/therapy at airports.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will be receiving bi-monthly visits from some miniature horses, provided by Ohio’s nonprofit Seven Oaks Farm.
While it’s not uncommon to find support/therapy animals at airports (most commonly, dogs), CVG has a rather unusual choice of a support animal to “ease the anxieties” of flying for travelers passing through.
I do recognize the good cause surrounding the miniature-horses and the IttyBittyHorses initiative, and I am sure they are friendly and excellent support animals to those they pay visits to. I am also not discounting any legitimate support animals that those may need while flying; however, horses in airports just seems a bit… excessive?
And I’m not exactly sold on the idea that the average traveler interacting with a horse before boarding a flight would truly offer therapy. If anything, I feel like it would slow things down for travelers.
Sure, they’re cute and all, but I just worry that it may just be further enabling the frenzy surrounding travelers who claim “support animals”, obscure or not, just because they can.
What are your thoughts about the miniature horses at CVG?