Senior housing facility visited by tiny horse

Recognizing that some elderly men and women in senior housing facilities feel their lives aren't exciting enough, one Virginian began visiting a center with a friend.

Deborah Robinson, owner of the Teeny Tiny Farm in Surry County, frequently brings her miniature horse Tinkerbell to an assisted living and memory care home in Williamsburg, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Senior housing facility visited by tiny horse Robinson's business offers traveling pony rides and petting zoos, and Tinkerbell's job is to raise the spirits of the seniors in the Williamsburg facility.

The mini horse is 6-years-old, reports the publication. She is 27 inches tall at the withers, which is located at the bottom of her mane. "I've never seen one like that before," one of the home's residents told the news source.

For a horse to be considered miniature, it cannot be taller than 34 inches, according to the American Miniature Horse Association.

Residents of the center get to interact with Tinkerbell by feeding her red grapes and petting her head. Some of them lived on farms before entering the memory care facility, and Robinson hopes being around Tinkerbell helps them remember their younger days.

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