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, launched in 2006, 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).
“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.
“We had so much fun! What a wonderful lesson, which will be great to refer to when we’re having a little trouble reading body language and understanding social cues. We would love to come back soon, and I’ll be in touch as we work on the upcoming schedule. Thank you so much!” – Shanna W., Honeyman Services
“I hope that your program continues to flourish, and continues to impact lives in ways that are indescribable. Thank you for all that you did with our members and we will be sure to come back!” – Claire G., Drop-In Center Associate, Community Connections