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Review for Sarasota Manatee Association For Riding Therapy Inc, Bradenton, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son is a very precocious little boy who has Down syndrome, Autism, and Severe Apraxia. SMART is an important part of my son's life. He has been riding for 5 years and benefits physically, socially, and verbally. But more than therapy--my son feels loved, supported and encouraged! As a parent I appreciate the safety, highly trained volunteers, courses that challenge the riders, and the opportunity for my little boy to ride a horse, and be comfortable on a horse, and enjoy being a little boy! SMART puts a smile on our faces every time Nate rides. We so appreciate all the volunteers, horses, and staff. We can't thank SMART enough for being such a meaningful part of my son's life!

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Review for Sarasota Manatee Association For Riding Therapy Inc, Bradenton, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been riding at SMART for 5 years and we absolutely LOVE this organization. Gail, Sam and all of the volunteers are committed, caring and professional. I never fear for my son's safety on or around the horses because all of the volunteers are well trained. The volunteers whisk my little guy off to the stable and he is completely supervised for at least an hour by loving people and gets to ride a horse and do all sorts of wonderful things on the horse that are lots of fun, but that also work on speech, language, physical skills, listening, stamina and behavior. My son has Down syndrome, Autism and Severe Apraxia and is truly a CHALLENGE as far as being all boy and stubborn. Yet, I always hear positive feedback from Sam about my son's ride. She tells me how "smart" he is--she does not underestimate him or his abilities, and thus she knows how to get him to ride his horse and have a successful hour! I so appreciate the love he feels from Gail, Sam and the volunteers who work with him. He has 3 people who walk with his horse each time. I am very thankful for all of the volunteers. I am also thankful for the new home for SMART which is really an oasis for parents/caregivers to just sit and find peace and rest amongst the beautiful stables, trees, ponds. It is very serene. I always encourage parents to contact SMART, the staff/volunteeers really do know what they are doing and are prepared to handle children with special needs, sensory issues, etc. SMART is a place where my child has found "success" and a sense of belonging--and every child with special needs will find that successful experience at SMART because the volunteers and staff will do what needs to be done to make it happen. SMART is a beautiful place with a beautiful spirit--thanks Gail, Sam, and everyone who makes this possible for my son!!!

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