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Horse Therapy at Chicago Hospital

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, staff and volunteers from 'Mane in Heaven' escort Lunar, one of two miniature horses to patients rooms during a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, staff and volunteers from 'Mane in Heaven' escort Lunar, one of two miniature horses into an elevator during a visit to patients in the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, staff and volunteers from 'Mane in Heaven' escort Mystery, one of two miniature horses to patients rooms during a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, Nathaniel Lopez, left, and Isis Lindsey center, pet Lunar one of two miniature horses from 'Mane in Heaven' that made a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, patients Nathaniel Lopez, left, and Araceli Morales pet Lunar one of two miniature horses from 'Mane in Heaven' that made a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, patient Emily Pietsch spends time with Mystery one of two miniature horses from 'Mane in Heaven' that made a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Horses in Hospitals

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, patient Emily Pietsch spends time with Mystery one of two miniature horses from 'Mane in Heaven' that made a visit to the pediatric unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mystery and Lunar, small as big dogs, are equines on a medical mission, to offer comfort care and distraction therapy for ailing patients. It is a role often taken on by dogs in health-care settings _ animal therapy, according to studies and anecdotal reports, may benefit health, perhaps even speeding healing and recovery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)