November 15, 2012
My son has been receiving services from Spirithorse since before he could walk! He has been riding for over 7 years now and we could not speak more highly of this program and the staff and volunteers. My son has created a beautiful bond with his pony and instructor and has blossomed socially in part due to his interaction with the staff and animals. His confidence has been bolstered learning and excelling in a new skill. He is a compassionate child anyway so this has been amazing to watch in his relationship with his pony and helping to care for her. The cognitive aspects of taking steps to get his pony prepped has helped him hugely with memory and following procedures and in encouraging him to take more responsibility in general. The physical aspect of riding a horse helps with his trunk strength and stability as well as positioning his feet and legs more properly. My son walked earlier and sturdier and more independently than his therapists ever thought he would and we are ever so grateful for the part that Spirithorse has played in all of his accomplishments this far. And it's just plain fun! He loves going! And he loves showing off his riding skills which are quite impressive!
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