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ViewFinder: Healing Beyond Medicine – Horseback Riding Therapy

October 26, 2019

Marcy: There’s something about
the horses that do heal. I really believe if they
could take on your burdens and your troubles and
your pain, they would. Narrator: These horses are
part of a therapeutic riding program in Auburn,
California called Horses
for Healing. Marcy: We’re a therapeutic
riding center for adults and children with
special needs. Maria: Our quote for
Horses for Healing is changing lives one
ride at a time. and that’s exactly
what it is. We put them
on a horse and they become
a different person. Narrator: Diana Welsh’s
daughter, Sedona, has been in the
saddle since she was three
years old. Diana: Yay, good job! She’s had a lot of
traditional therapies like physical therapy
throughout the years, but without
horseback riding She wouldn’t be where
she’s at today. She’s ten
years old now. She’s autistic and she
has low muscle tone so she was a very
late walker. She didn’t walk until she
was around 5 independently. She’s so much
more comfortable with movement now. I think a lot of that is
riding a horse and having her do different
positions on the horse. She can move her hands and
figure out, okay I need to put my hand here in order
to swing my leg over. If you knew her
five years ago You would be
absolutely amazed. “You did it!
You did it!” “Nice job.” Kristine: People say, “Oh,
you’re just sitting on a horse.” But anybody who’s a
rider will tell you, you do not just
sit on a horse. If you just sit on the
horse (laughs) you’re not going to be sitting
there very long. You have to work
to stay on a horse. Marcy: Up, up, up!
Up! Hands up! Narrator: Dr. Kristine Corn
knows first-hand the positive effects a horse can have
on children like Sedona, not only is she the
founder of another therapeutic riding program
called Ride to Walk, she’s also a licensed
physical therapist specializing
in pediatrics. Kristine: We’re working to
get him ready for horseback
riding. See how straight
he’s sitting? They’re building strength, they’re building
postural control, they’re building
stability and strength in their arms
and their legs. So they are
working very hard. ♪♪ Narrator: For Meyer Zumwalt,
who has cerebral palsy, being on the horse makes him
feel like he’s walking. ♪♪ Julie: The way the horse moves,
it simulates our walking. And so in his hips
and in his pelvis, he’s getting that benefit
as if he were walking. Kristine: When you create new
abilities, what happens is the self-esteem
begins to build. They come across
totally different. And so, it opens
up life for them. They all have ways that
they can start coming out if you give them
that opportunity to be who they are. Kurtis: Meyer loves it. He absolutely loves it. It gives him a sense of
self-worth and pride. He sees himself
as a cowboy. His face just shines when
cause it is pure joy. Diana: You can just see
the pride on her face. And it just kills you. You know, it’s priceless. ” Yay! Good job. ”

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