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July 3, 2011

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is an amazing program. Some think of it as a pony ride for people with didabilities, but it is so much more. This organization is giving individuales the opportunity to develop a sense of pride and gaining confidence as they learn the fundamentals of riding. All the while they are stretching and working muscles and parts of their bodied that traditional therapy seem to miss.

As for the participants that have mental or behavioral disabilities, they are learning to communicate in a whole new way. They, too are finding that working with the horse they are developing a new sense of convidence and pride like nothing they have ever experienced before.

I have witnessed first words ever spoken by a student while on horseback. I have seen walls come tumbling down as a deviant teen learns to trust and open her heart as she learns to care for her horse.

I have watched a disengaged autistic smile the biggest smile I have ever seen when he realizes he just made the horse walk!!

All of these milestones were made possible because of a group of people giving from their heart. Along with the greatest animals ever, the powerful, but gentle horse.

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Offer year-round classes. This organization is in great need of an indoor arena.

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