November 14, 2012
The Resolution Horse Company works with special-needs children using horses. The children participate in weekly riding sessions that are fun but also help the children with their specific issues. Each child rides perhaps 20 times during the spring, summer, and fall. The program is entirely free. - - - As a volunteer, I help with the riding sessions and also with feeding and care of the horses. All of the children (who range in age from 3 years to adult) have fun. Nearly all show improvements with their specific handicaps, such as an autistic child who learns to communicate with the horses and the volunteers, or a physically handicapped child who develops improved balance and core strength. For a few of the children, the riding is transformational. One example we saw this summer was a 10-year-old autistic boy who was completely uncommunicative. One day midway through the season, his horse began to trot. This thrilled the boy, and he broke out laughing! His mother and father were standing next to the corral and saw and heard the laughter--and their tears did flow!
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