Children With Special Needs Thriving Thanks To Therapeutic Horse Riding Program

Children With Special Needs Thriving Thanks To Therapeutic Horse Riding Program


OF $115,000. FAMILY PLANS TO MAKE THE RACE AN ANNUAL EVENT. NEW TONIGHT, CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS THRIVING THANKS TO A THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. THE CHILDREN ARE GETTING A CHANCE TO BOND WITH HORSES AT BRIG STABLE. WBZ SHOWS US HOW THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ARE HAVING A VERY REAL IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S LIVES. AT THE BRIG STABLE FARM, THE BOND BETWEEN HORSE AND RIDER IS VERY WELL, SPECIAL. JUST ASK 14-YEAR-OLD, ESME. WHEN YOU’RE ON THE HORSE, HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL? HAPPY. REALLY HAPPY. ON SUNDAY, ESME TOOK PART IN THE MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS THERAPEUTIC RIDING COMPETITION. DOZENS OF KIDS GOT JUDGED ON THEIR RIDING SKILLS. MY FIRST NAME IS TRENTON. MY LAST NAME IS FORD. MY MIDDLE NAME IS ALEXANDER AND MINNICH NAME IS TRENT. YOU ARE THE MAN. AS YOU CAN SEE, TRENT WAS PUMPED TO GET ON HIS HORSE. HE TOOK SECOND PLACE AND HE’S ONLY BEEN RIDING FOR THREE MONTHS. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF RIDING THE HORSE? THE TROTTING. I CAN DO SITUPS. I CAN DO STANDUPS. ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP RIDING HORSES? THE HORSES ADJUST THEIR DEMEANOR FOR THE STUDENTS. THE MOTION OF THE HORSE, THE COMPANIONSHIP OF THE HORSE. THIS PROGRAM HAS CHANGED HER DAUGHTER’S LIFE. SHE’S BEEN RIDING SINCE SHE WAS THREE, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE SHE IS MOST CONFIDENT. FOR HIM, DEFINITELY SOCIAL SKILLS AS WELL AS OT SKILLS. BRIGGS FARM HAS BEEN HOSTING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS THERAPEUTIC RIDING COMPETITION. AND IMPACTS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY ARE, SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS. ESME WAS BROUGHT TO TEARS WHEN SHE TOOK FIRST PLACE. YOU SEE IMPROVEMENT.

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