FROM OUR NORTH IDAHO NEWSROOM TONIGHT. A RATHDRUM HORSE RANCH IS TEACHING A VERY SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE HOW TO RIDE HORSES. BUT, THEIR MISSION GOES BEYOND JUST TEACHING A NEW SKILL KXLY 4’S GRACE DITZLER IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH MORE ON THE PROGRAM, AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED. IT’S SOMETHING MANY KIDS DREAM OF — LEARNING TO RIDE A HORSE. BUT FOR EMMA AND LILY, THESE LESSONS AT RUNNING W RANCH THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER MEAN EVEN MORE, 1;12;46 toss it in, nice job lilly! :3W8 22 11 YEAR OLD EMMA HAS DOWN SYNDROME. nats: 1;14;21 hi! -emma 4 YEAR OLD LILY HAS CEREBRAL PALSY AND AUTISM. WHEN THEY’RE HERE, THEY’RE COWGIRLS. 1;11;55 NATS okay, walk on:2 – emmaW9 22 1;15;28 cyndie wiltsie – executive director it’s a typical theraputic riding session, where we try to teach a riding skill and also have an activity. :10W10 24 CYNDIE WILTSIE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RUNNING W RANCH. 1;13;02 NATS, CYNDIE emma, can you turn your hose to the right? :2W11 22 SHE’S CERTIFIED IN THERAPEAUTIC HORSEMANSHIP, AND CREATED THIS NONPROFIT ABOUT A YEAR AGO. 1;17;41 CYNDIE i love just doing something that can make somebody else feel better or have something better in their life :7W12 22 1;26;14 STANDUP interacting with these horses helps these riders build physical strength, self esteem, and confidence :5W13 22 1;17;11 CYNDIE eventually everybody i want them to progress to be able to be as independent as they can in riding :5W14 22 EMMA AND LILY ARE SOME OF CYNDIE’S FIRST SPECIAL NEEDS CLIENTS. 1;13;48 NATS i’m riding a horse! – emma :1W15 22 DURING THEIR LESSONS, THE GIRLS PRACTICE WALKING, BRUSHING, AND RIDING TANGO AND BOAZ — WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS. 1;12;39 NATS whoa, can you saw whoa? good job :3W16 22 THEIR PARENTS WATCH NEARBY. 56;14 james and krista brookes – cda lily is 4. it’s really interesting to see how calm she is on the horse :3W17 22 1;02;01 KENT ROBERTS, EMMA’S FATHER i think what they’ve done here is a fantastic thing, it’s a really nice alternative and addition to phyiscal therapies and things like that :10W18 24 RUNNING W RANCH WANTS TO GROW AND SERVE MORE PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. TOMORROW, THEY’LL HOST THEIR FIRST FUNDRAISER. A DINNER AND AUCTION. 1;19;44 CYNDIE this is my love my passion i want this program to grow and succeed :5W19 22 CYNDIE SAYS NO MATTER THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION, PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CAN COME HERE. AS FOR EMMA AND LILY, THEY’RE JUST EAGER TO KEEP LEARNING AND RIDING, LIKE THE TRUE COWGIRLS THEY ARE. 1;09;07 NATS give em a squeeze and say walk on! EMMA: walk on! :3W20 23 REPORTING IN RATHDRUM GRACE DITZLER KXLY 4 NEWS.