Meet Peyo, a most unlikely therapist

“Doctor Peyo ” is a much-loved horse who comforts cancer patients in the Calais Hospital, France. Peyo and his owner once competed at dressage events. Now they spend their time doing hospital rounds, often staying with people until the end.

People who raise horses often claim that the animals have a therapeutic effect on them. Peyo is well known as an “excellent” therapist.

Once inside the hospital, Peyo is free to go wherever he wants. Incredibly, Peyo often goes into the rooms of people who are the sickest, in many cases those who are dying. He just stands near the patients and they instantly take a liking to him. A sort of silent communication between Peyo and the patients takes place and people even cry in the horse’s presence.

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