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Horse that can detect sick people now serves as “Dr. Peyo” at hospital



  • Peyo used to be in a horse show until his master Hassen Bouchak noticed that he’s special.
  • Peyo could identify people who need mental and physical healing, and comfort them.
  • His owner, Hassen, decided to give up his career so Peyo could help the sick.

There are times when we have to sacrifice something very important to fulfill a greater purpose in life.

This is how Hassen Bouchak, former equestrian trainer, looked at his circumstance years ago. He had left the show world after realizing that his horse has a special gift.

Peyo, Hassen’s horse, used to pick people from the crowd during their shows and insisted to stay close to them. Hassen soon found out that these people weren’t a random pick, they were all sick — either mentally or physically.

“I am to some extent this horse’s collateral damage, I didn’t ask for this,” Hassen explained. “It took me a while to accept it. It put an end to my successful career as a sportsman, and as a showman.”

Because of that sacrifice Hassen made, Peyo has now fulfilled his destiny as “Doctor Peyo” at Calais Hospital in France, where he visits sick patients every single day.

Peyo has detected cancer and tumors in humans multiple times. After the pair started volunteering at the hospital, the 15-year-old horse learned to tell Hassen which patients needed attention by raising one leg and standing by the door.

“It was very complicated to no longer be the master, and to be forced to admit that when [Peyo] detects someone [is sick], I am no longer in control,” Hassen said. “When he decides, I cannot hold him back, it’s a need, it’s visceral, it is in him, he needs to go, and cling on to the specific person he has chosen.”

Besides this special gift, Peyo comforts patients whose life is about to end. He usually stays by their side, giving them joy until their final moments.

“With Peyo, we try to recreate life at the end of life, in order to fight, and create an energy to accompany families and caregivers,” Hassen explained. “I accompany him but I let him do what he wants, he’s the one who decides.”

Photo Credit: Hassen B. Les Sabots du Coeur/Instagram

Even animal behaviorists and veterinarians don’t understand how Peyo does what he does. The therapeutic organization where Hassen now works is studying Peyo’s unique abilities. They are particularly interested in how Peyo eases a patient’s pain such that heavy drugs would no longer be required.

Bringing a huge horse to a hospital is not easy work. Hassen spends around two hours grooming and cleaning Peyo before his patient visitations. His new journey may not be that simple, but he knows every inch forward is worth it.


Source: Inspire More