â€œWhether the residents ride, pet, or just watch, the horses have therapeutic value,â€ Sharon Lasker, the RegencyÂ¶s director of marketing, said about the quarterly event.
Karin Stoll, clinical director of Healing Horses KauaÂµi, said one resident rode horses most of her life.
â€œShe is originally fromArizona, and when she moved here, she thought she would never ride again,â€ Stollsaid. â€œWhen she
gets on the horse, it’s magic.â€
Stollsaid when the horses are scheduled to visit the Regency, she arranges to have clients come over to the Regency for their rides instead of the Healing Horses office on Aikahi Street in LihuÂµe.
â€œWe also pick up kids whose grandparents live at the Regency,â€ Stollsaid. â€œThis means they can visit their grandparents and still have their horse rides.â€
Healing Horses is an equine therapeutic service provider, Stoll explained. The facility has a stable of 10 horses, two ponies, a staff of 20 people and a crew of volunteers.
â€œWe partner with the horses to offer emotional, physical and developmental therapy,â€ she said. â€œWe’re expanding our services to include people who just want riding lessons or summer camp.â€
Stollsaid the expansion is made possible through the generosity of movie star Bette Midler, who recently offered Healing Horses land in the KapaÂµa Bypass Road area.
â€œWe have been looking for land where we can hang our hat for so long,â€ Stollsaid.
â€œWe are so thankful and appreciative of Bette Midler â€” it goes beyond words â€” and what she does to support this island.â€