When horseback riding is as therapeutic as it is thrilling

When horseback riding is as therapeutic as it is thrilling

I started riding at the age of 3. I had an accident. I was kicked in the head by a horse. BETTY:
It hit her on the right side and just shattered her head. She was like a newborn baby at the age of
3. She couldn’t hold her head up, she couldn’t sit up, she couldn’t crawl, she couldn’t
do anything. Mentally, they did not know. KATHY
Mom had me back on a horse at the age of 4. BETTY
I really had her on the horse before she could walk because it helped her so much. She could hold her head up better, she sat
up better. She did everything better when I put her up
in front of me. VOICEOVER:
For the next several years, Betty channeled her expertise as a horse trainer into supporting therapeutic riding programs Kathy participated in. But in 2007, she decided to start her own
program, Stirrups ‘n Strides, on her home ranch. BETTY: We do have one new rider today and she is blind BETTY:
It’s something I felt I needed to do because I knew because I knew how much help it could be for so many people. 20% of the population of our county is disabled. You know, there’s so many people that you can help. STACIA:
Therapeutic riding has done a lot for my boys. When, Israel, my oldest son who rides, started
riding, he couldn’t communicate with others and Miss Betty, she would actually make him
say small words, different like that that would make him speak, and he would actually
give her eye contact which he would never do with anyone else. ELAINE
My daughter is 37 years old and has down syndrome. She has gotten so much out of therapeutic horseback riding. She has made friends, she has learned to follow directions better and it has helped her core strength. VOICEOVER:
Stirrups ‘n Strides doesn’t turn away anyone who could benefit from its services. And grants from Wells Fargo help fund scholarships for families in need. Through the program, disabled riders
can compete in horse shows, and Kathy is an inspiration for what they can achieve. KATHY
I have 3 national championships in the UPHA. In 1999, I went to World Special Olympics. I have won a lot of ribbons and my championships,
I can’t count them all. VOICEOVER:
Kathy has also won top honors in competing against able bodied riders in dressage. But she’s equally joyful about inspiring others
with disabilities. KATHY:
Someone that’s scared, I tell them, if I can do it, you can do it. If I didn’t have this accident, we wouldn’t
be doing what we are doing now. BETTY
I love helping people. I know what it’s done for Kathy. Kathy was my miracle child, and she inspires
me every day to keep doing what I’m doing. (MUSIC)

7 thoughts on “When horseback riding is as therapeutic as it is thrilling

  1. Amei muito esses videos com cavalos esses cavalos é para crianças com probremas . Amei muito que ate me inscrevi no canal.retribua e se inscreva no meu canal é fernandis rezende.

  2. I've always been scared to get on a horse,this story made me realize that I've always wanted to but have let my fear over take the desire,,I'm going to sign up for lessons,,thanks!

  3. Great Kathy. I love it. Great job. I miss my horse so much. I rode every day that I could. It is so calming. Wish I could just take off on Goldie right now. So proud for you. I know Horses are such a blessing, and enjoyable to ride.

  4. I have a daughter that has c p is disabled I lived at a ranch for five years in my opinion I think God bless me with the ranch for my daughter celena I only got to. see her once she rode with me on a go-cart. the whole time I preyed to God to help me through this confusing times and show me the the right direction

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