Air travel can be stressful and nerve-wrecking – but thankfully, now miniature horses are deployed twice a month to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to help relieve passengers’ anxiety.
While therapy dogs are quite common across the US – more than 30 airports have them today – mini horses are indeed a new force. The animals, coming from Seven Oaks Farm, have had hundreds of hours of airport training, helping them get used to crowds of people and luggage.
“It’s just to ease anxiety levels, put smiles on faces. Clearly that’s working,” Airport official Wendi Orlando told NPR. “When you look at the passengers walking by, it just never gets old. They love seeing the horses.”
Lisa Moad, the owner at the farm said she is already thinking of a new therapy animal: donkey. Now, when can we expect farm animals in Australian airports?