Around the country, people are experiencing record delays going through airport security. Many are stuck waiting in long lines, often for hours on end. Irritated travelers tag their complaints with #HateTheWait.
As a result, some airports are experimenting with different ways to alleviate passenger frustration. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) may have found the most creative solution yet.
Several times a month, tiny ponies and their handlers from the Seven Oaks Farms Miniature Therapy Horses program in Hamilton, Ohio come to the airport terminals for a visit. Seven Oaks Farms is a non-profit company whose mission is to provide animal-assisted activities and interactions, “leading to positive mental, physical, and emotional benefits” for children and adults alike.
Mindy Kershner, a spokeswoman for the CVG airport, explained, “Unlike service animals, who are working and should not be touched, therapy animals can be patted and hugged.” Some airports have recently been inviting therapy dogs to visit with passengers, but in a place like Kentucky, horses are especially appropriate!
When they aren’t cheering up weary airport travelers, the therapy horses pay a visit wherever their comforting presence is needed, in classrooms, colleges, senior centers, and more.
We all know how stressful and exhausting traveling can be; some bonding time with a miniature pony might be just the thing to get you through your next long voyage!