"Wow. I heard there were horses here and I had to see this. I'm definitely in a better mood," said Ian Galamay.
The sophomore's meet-and-greet with Alexander the Great, a miniature horse, from Hope's Promise Farm's equine therapy program in Chester was a highlight at this spring's Mind Body Spirit Fair organized by Health Services along with Campus Ministry, Athletics' Recreational Services Department and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Students packed the University Green to interact with the two therapeutic miniature horses, participate in mindfulness activities, learn relaxation techniques and hear about the many available resources around campus, especially geared for college students. There were activities, raffles and give-aways of sleep masks and donated copies of Arianna Huffington's The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time, providing advice for the sleep-deprived.
"We wanted to provide tips and resources for students to de-stress before finals. Real practical ideas for real life balance," explained Diane Lynch, Director of Health Services.
Sophomore Nina Travia, immediately bonded with her therapy miniature horse, Noble. "It was so interesting. I've never done anything like this before. It was really a big relief, a stress reliever."