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  • Sat 23 Sep 2017
  • Sat, September 23, 2017

Therapeutic Riding Proves More Than Horse Play

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