Horses Helping the Disabled

As an avid horseback rider and competitor, I would argue that a horse is man’s true best friend. When we look back on history, they are the animals who led us through battle, enabled us to explore the west, and provided us with a means of transportation.

Without the existence of horses, our world today would be much different. These animals, that have done so much for us over the years, are continuing to make a difference in the lives of many today.

I was fascinated after stumbling across this video and seeing how many organizations, such as the Christopher Reeve Foundation are utilizing horses for therapy for the disabled.

This recently new form of physical therapy is benefiting a very broad group of patients, ages ranging from 2 to 84. In this particular video, viewers are introduced to a paralyzed patient named, Ricky Kilgore.

Ricky was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident, being told she would never be able to walk again.

Watch this video to see how horses and the therapy they have to offer patients can change a person’s life forever, just as it did Ricky’s.

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2 Responses to Horses Helping the Disabled

  1. Dave_DelCol says:

    Court, that’s really amazing! I never really looked at horses outside of central park or a racetrack. Your blog opened my eyes to how much we truly utilize horses and have since centuries ago. I think its amazing what is being done to help the disabled during therapy and it is great that someone created such a useful idea. I won’t ever look at horses the same!

  2. amerante says:

    Ricky’s story is amazing, and so is what horses can do! I think your right, people don’t realize how much horses can help in therapy. This gives people who need therapy a much better way to work on what they need. Horse therapy is nice especially for children who otherwise wouldn’t get to be as active. I really enjoyed watching and learning about this very different type of therapy.

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