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MEDIA ADVISORY: Miniature Horse Therapy Can Offer Big Health Benefits

October 13th, 2009

Story Contact: Kelsey Jackson, (573) 882-8353,

WHAT: Cookie, the miniature therapy horse, will be on the University of Missouri campus to interact with students during a human-animal companion interaction class. Carol Parmenter, Cookie’s owner, will discuss the benefits of primary school children interacting with and reading to a therapy horse.

WHO: “Cookie” the miniature therapy horse.

Rebecca Johnson, director of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) and associate professor for the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine, teaches the course that explores the historical and theoretical bases of human-companion animal interaction.

WHERE: Adams Conference Center at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, W-203, Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, Mo.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13

NOTE: Research about the health benefits of horse therapy will be discussed at the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) and Human-Animal Interaction Conference on Oct. 20- 25 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. For more information or to register for the conference, visit