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Get to Know Carmella…

  • Carmella is a miniature horse
  • Carmella stands 30″ tall & weights 250 pounds
  • Carmella is a registered member of the Delta Society’s Pet Partners program
  • Carmella loves to eat hay and grass and especially carrots
  • Carmella’s birthday is April 1, 2002
  • Carmella lives with her daughter, Scarlet
  • Carmella visits with over 600 people a year

Mini Troopers Outreach & Education

The Mini Troopers program utilizes a miniature horse, Carmella, and outreach team to facilitate the well-being of special needs populations who can benefit from experiencing the human-animal bond. This service is designed to educate our community while providing human-animal contact for children and adults resulting in a multitude of documented benefits. The Delta Society (2007) reports that Animal Assisted Activities (AAA), like CTRC’s Mini Trooper service, may provide the following benefits to adults and children: empathy building, outward focus, nurturing skills, rapport building, acceptance, entertainment, socialization, mental stimulation, physical contact and touch, physiological benefits, and feelings of meaning in connection to the physical world.

CTRC’s miniature horse, Carmella, is a registered member of the Delta Society’s Pet Partners program, which upholds standards of professionalism in the field of Animal Assisted Activities (AAA). Carmella has also been specially trained in the Parelli Savvy System, a method which “allows horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve: success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion” (Parelli Natural Horsemanship, 2007).

In efforts to raise awareness and increase the exposure of the benefits of AAA and the human-animal bond Carmella and her team visit over 600 individuals a year by hitting the road to make appearances at community groups, schools, assisted care facilities, nursing homes, libraries, and other community partners around town including…

PetCo (Longmont) Boulder ManorCare Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
Petite Academy (Louisville) Central Elementary Longmont YMCA
Prairie Ridge Elementary The Bridge, Assisted Living WOW Children’s Museum (Lafayette)
Tiny Tim The Marriott (Longmont) Longmont Public Library
Sanchez Elementary Bear Creek Elementary Boulder High School
Bright Horizons Our Childcare Center Jax Mercantile
Boulder County Fair First Presbyterian Church Homestead
Frasier Meadows The Sterling House CSU Early Childhood Center
Colt Repro Lafayette Elementary Centennial Bank (Erie)
CSU Early Childhood Center Sunrise Assisted Living Applewood Our House
“On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank you for bringing Carmella to meet and interact with some of the children we serve at our office in Lafayette. Carmella offered not only entertainment, but also a truly healing presence to many children who are in the midst of so much chaos. I witnessed her amazing ability to open up pathways to both self-awareness and hope.” – Marisol R., Spanish Bilingual Tri-City Woman’s Counselor, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for NonViolence.