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Review for Ride On St. Louis, Inc., Kimmswick, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Five years ago my son with multiple disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, began working with Marita at Ride On St. Louis. Marita is the founder of Ride On St. Louis as well as a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Through this program, Marita's skills, and the patience of horses at ROSL, my son Drew has made such progress! At first it was a struggle just to be able to sit balanced in the saddle. Johnny, a Morganhorse (and Drew's favorite) was patient as my son gained the ability not only to stay balanced in the saddle, but to actually keep balanced while Johnny was led through various gaits by Marita. This brought about an improvement in Drew's walking gait, as well as his ability to run. Drew really connected with the horse when he began petting Johnny and helping to groom him, which also increased the strength and range of motion of Drew's arms. Most importantly, Drew began to attend to what was happening around him instead of "zoning out", an autism trait. Working with Marita, and Ride On St Louis, has increased Drew's confidence in connecting with other people. Drew has graduated with working with other horses, among which is Lucy. After his sessions with Lucy, Drew would enter our home announcing "Lucy! I'm hooommme!" and then tell me "that is from 'I Love Lucy" Mom!" Now my son and I talk with one another, and Drew no longer staggers about when he walks. He has gained confidence. Drew still is learning. However, I am SO thankful for Ride On St Louis, and for the work Marita has done with Drew. The results are priceless!

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