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Date:4/19/2014 5:57:14 AM
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Today’s blog is a personal experience with helping horses. I was a volunteer side walker for therapy horses. We had a Mom with triplets, 2 boys and 1 girl, 3 yrs old. The little girl had no problems; however the boys had cerebral palsy. Each week she would bring the kids and we would put the boys on the horses. We used a stuffed animal to cover the handle on the bareback pad since neither of them could sit up on their own. The boys would rest their head on the animal and try to lift their head if even for a few seconds. One day we were waking the horses with the boys on board and Alex lifted his head. He made it all the way around the arena!! I looked at his Mom to see her in tears. She was so excited that he made it around with his head up. We had another girl 12 yrs old. She had been injured in an accident. She was left in a wheelchair and unable to speak clearly. I was so amazed that when we had her on the horse she would sing in rhythm to the horse’s movement. Our other little boy was autistic. He always came to therapy wearing his superman cape. He was especially nerve racking for me since he would bail off the horse at any given minute. I caught him more than once. It was cool to see him calm down after riding for a few minutes. Therapy horses are wonderful. If you ever have the chance to volunteer I suggest it. Every day I left the arena feeling like I was part of amazing. Have a great day! Joey, Ginger, & Angel Betsy
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