UMD Busts Out a Few Mini-Horses to Help Relieve Finals Week Stress

Feel that stress melt away

Feel that stress melt away

If the classic NBC comedy Parks & Rec has taught us anything, it's that mini-horses are wonderful creatures that spread joy to everyone around them. (RIP Lil' Sebastian)

On Tuesday the University of Minnesota Duluth brought in two mini-horses and a gigantic dog for stressed out students to hang out with while they procrastinated studying.

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The animals were brought in as part of UMD's PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) program, which brings different furry critters to campus each month.

Erin Hickey, who runs PAWS with her friend Alexis Chapman, said university officials were wary of allowing horses on campus at first, but the fact that these horses -- named Spanky and Peanut -- were therapy certified and wore black diaper contraptions won them over.

Spanky and Peanut were brought in by their owners, Polly and Gary Niemi. The Niemis work with the Windchill Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending equine abuse and neglect.


Spanky and Peanut milled about in the student lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"I think a lot of people were shocked to see horses on campus," said Hickey.

The Duluth News Tribune has a video of the event, where you can hear this guy's thoughts on the whole ordeal.

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