The week's good news: April 27, 2017

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Mini therapy horses and their handlers.
(Image credit: Facebook.com/Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses)

1. Miniature horses help anxious travelers in Kentucky

Twice a month, Wendy and Harley, two miniature therapy horses, clop their way through the terminals of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, greeting travelers and easing any fears they may have about flying. "Airports are traditionally full of anxiety," Wendi Orlando, senior manager of customer relations at the airport, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "[Seeing animals] helps to ease those anxieties, to put smiles on faces, to just put people in a better place." Studies have shown that petting an animal can lower blood pressure and stress levels, and some airports have therapy dogs on hand to help scared travelers. Orlando wanted to try something different, and was open to bringing in the horses, who live at Seven Oaks Farm in Ohio. Right off the bat, the horses were extremely popular with travelers. "They really are like celebrities," Orlando said.

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