Parents and caretakers are almost unanimous – for those with disabilities, there’s something about horses. The relationships and bonds formed with the animals can be transformative.
As Greg Mellen, The Orange County Register/TNS Reports:
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Eddie Brennan is all charged up. The hyper 4-year-old, who has autism, has already charged through a puddle, and writhes as his nanny struggles to remove his shoes and socks. But when Brennan climbs on the back of Kattie, a dark bay therapy horse, something magical happens. The kinetic little boy becomes like Jell-O, melting into the horse, contented and somehow soothed. He sits or lays on its back – even rides backward. It’s as if he has a connection to the horse.
When Leo found horse riding, she described it as something akin to souls communing.
“It’s so good to know there’s always a way for them to participate in the world,” she said. “You realize it’s just in a different way.”
Read the full story here: Therapeutic Riding Proves More Than Horse Play – Disability Scoop