SummerFest: Horseback Riding Providing Therapeutic Relief For Children In Medford

SummerFest: Horseback Riding Providing Therapeutic Relief For Children In Medford


, CBS-3 “EYEWITNESS NEWS”. PAT’S SO SPORTY. WELL DONE, PAT. VITTORIA WOODILL IS AT THE FARM. LETS CHECK WITH HER, YOU ARE ALWAYS INTO SOMETHING GOOD, WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND. I’M ALWAYS INTO SOMETHING GOOD. WE HAVE GOOD NEWS AND A GREAT PROGRAM. THERE ARE A LOT HAVE HORSE FARMS AROUND MEDFORD TOO. OUR NICOLE BREWER TAKES TO US ONE FARM WHERE KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE GETTING TO WORK WITH HORSES, AND MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES. REPORTER: INSIDE THIS BIG RED BARN IN, MEDFORD, LESSONS OR HORSE BACK. BEAUTIFUL. REPORTER: BUT THESE CHILDREN AREN’T JUST LEARNING TO RIDE. YOU’RE IN THE LOOKING DOWN BUT OUT. GOOD, PERFECT REPORT REPORT COMPASSIONATE FRIEND THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER OWNER SHERRY USES THIS THERAPY TO STRENGTHEN BODY MIND AND SPIRIT OF THE CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEED. ON A HORSE’S BACK A PERSON IN THE WHEELCHAIR IS NO DIFFERENT THEN ME OR YOU, RIGHT. SO ONE OF OUR HORSES BACK WHEELCHAIR AS WAY. REPORTER: SOME COME WITH PHYSICAL AILMENTS, OTHERS MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL. I WORRY, SO IT REALLY CALMS ME DOWN AND MAKES ME FEEL REALLY COMFORTABLE. REPORTER: FOR AVA A CONFIDENCE BUILDER FOR HER BROTHER NICK LIST A FORM OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEVELOPING LEG MUSCLES AND IMPROVING CORE STRENGTH. IT IS A HAPPY PLACE TO BE WE COULD COME OFF THE BUS AND HAD A ROUGH DAY AT SCHOOL AFTER BEING HERE OUR MINE SET IS DIFFERENT. REPORTER: FROM BRUSHING THE HORSE TO WALKING AND RIDING, SHE SAYS THERE IS ALWAYS AN OBJECTIVE. AND THEN FROM THERE THERE IS ALWAYS A GOAL, AND HOPEFULLY STUDENT REACH THAT HE IS GEL. REPORTER: WITH SO MANY PARENTS ALONG FOR THE RIDE SHE SAYS THEY ALSO STAND TO BENEFIT. JUST TO SEE KID HAVING FUN BECAUSE LIFE IS SO STRESSFUL FOR THEM SO IT WARMS MY HEART. REPORTER: SOMETHING THAT KEEPS VOLUNTEER KIERA HARTMAN COMING BANK. I HAVE SEEN KID CONNECT AND ALSO GROW, SUCH I GREAT FEELING TO HELP SOMEONE. REPORTER: PROVING THAT, IN THIS RING HEALING COMES FULL CIRCLE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

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