Horseback Riding For Children with Special Needs
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Horseback Riding For Children with Special Needs

October 18, 2019

(country music) – [Heather] Let’s get your helmet. OK, does that work? Awesome. Are you ready to ride? Yeah. OK, let’s go do it. I thought that’s what this is. This is freedom. Freedom from whatever it
is that’s holding us down, if it’s sadness or physical limitations or developmental limitations, everybody gets to come
here and just be free. So, I can tell stories all day about the amazing things that we see and that’s part of what
keeps us as staff here. And let’s reach up for
the sky as tall as we can, and we’re gonna hold it for 10, ready. One, two, three, four. The riders that you saw this
morning, our little girl, she’s learning to use her words. She had an injury when she was young and she lost all of her hearing
and didn’t learn to speak. Can you say walk? Can you walk? – Walk.
– Good. Watching her go from complete signing to now she’s saying walk on and whoa and she’s singing and
she’s goofing around. That’s huge. – Walk on. – There we go. Our other rider, he has a
disease that’s degenerative. We’ve gotten to a point where he’s limited in his speech and his movement. But he smiles and so we know
he’s still having a good time and he loves to trot. Really good, Michael. I like how tall you’re sitting. We have quite a few riders who
are on the autism spectrum. Hey, you ready? Walk on. Good job. At home her mom told me
at home she pretty much stays in her room and
doesn’t talk to anybody, but at the barn she is an
absolute social butterfly. They drive three hours to get here one way because her mom gets to
have her daughter back for a little while. And so on the way home
her daughter talks to her and they chat for a little while and then she slowing kind of
slips back into her isolation. Her mom gets to have her
daughter for a little while. We love it and we get
to tell these stories and we get to share in those
moments with these riders. I’m a better person day-to-day
because of what I do here and I know that I’m helping
others fulfill their potential and grow into who they can be also.

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