Horse Therapy Help Autistic Children

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BUT IT’S THAT BOND THAT IS HELPING MANY YOUNG CHILDREN OVERCOME THEIR DISABILITIES. NEWS 10’S PATSY KELLY EXPLAINS. ” CHRISTIAN CHATTERED ON AND ON ABOUT BEING WOLVERINE FOR HALLOWEEN AT SCHOOL ON FRIDAY. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HE BARELY SPOKE 3 YEARS AGO. AND NOW HE CAN’T SEEM TO STOP TALKING. HE’S JUST ONE OF THE SUCCESS STORIES AT BRIGHT HOPE RIDERS. “ONE OF OUR FAMOUS STUDENTS WAS MUTE. IT WASN’T RIDERS. “ONE OF OUR FAMOUS STUDENTS WAS MUTE. IT WASN’T THAT HE COULDN’T TALK, HE WOULDN’T TALK. HE HAD A MENTAL DIFFICULTY WHERE HE WOULDN’T TALK. HE HAD ONLY SAID A COUPLE WORDS IN HIS LIFE AND HE WAS ABOUT FIVE YEARS OLD. AND WE GOT HIM OUT HERE ONE DAY, AND HE HAD GONE HERE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. WE GOT HIM OUT THERE AND WE GO ROUND BARRELS, GET DIFFERENT COLORED BARRELS, AND I TOLD HIM TO TAKE HIS HORSE OVER THERE TO THE GREEN BARREL. AND HE JUST AS PLAINLY SAID, GREEN BARREL. AND THERE WASN’T A DRY EYE IN THE PLACE.” THAT’S DOCTOR JERRY MANSFIELD – HE OWNS BRIGHT HOPE RIDERS. BRIGHT HOPE RIDERS IS NON- PROFIT AGENCY THAT HELPS PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. HE SAYS THERE’S A CERTAIN BOND BETWEEN A HORSE AND ITS RIDER. “THEY’RE ALL AJITTER IN THE CAR. WHEN THEY GET HERE AND THEY WALK UP TO THE BARN, A LITTLE BIT OF IT’S GONE, AND THEN THEY SEE THE HORSES AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS SEEM TO DROP AWAY. THEY GET ON THE HORSE AND THEY SING SONGS AND THEY DO ALL SORTS OF WONDERFUL THINGS.” MANSFIELD SAYS THAT BOND HELPS PEOPLE WITH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. HE PICKS EACH HORSE SPECIFICALLY FOR EACH RIDER. “IT’S REALLY A JOY TO WORK WITH THEM AND TO SEE THEM PROGRESS AND IT REALLY DOES HELP. IT REALLY DOES” A PROGRAM HELPING CHRISTIAN AND PEOPLE JUST LIKE HIM OVERCOME LIFE’S OBSTACLES. IN TERRE HAUTE, WITH CHIEF PHOTOJOURNALIST MIKE LATTA, PATSY KELLY, NEWS 10. ” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BRIGHT HOPE RIDERS OR TO MAKE A DONATION, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE W-T-H-I-T-V DOT COM. [504]RURAL HEALTHCARE-VO A NATIONAL PROGRAM AIMS TO DRAW

 

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  1. Lilian Detomasi

    April 10, 2015 2:11 am

    So sad to see the kids riding with the stirrups in the wrong place,   The stirrups should be hanging under the hips so the rider can rise up easily with the legs under them instead of out in front like they were sitting in a chair.

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