Therapeutic Horseback Riding Offered To Help People With Special Needs

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Thomasville, GA-October 18, 2012

A local organization is using horses to help boost the health and spirits of people with disabilities.

Hands and Hearts For Horses in Thomasville uses therapeutic horseback riding to train riders who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, among other health conditions.

Volunteers say the horseback riding is not only fun for the students, but also helps improve their balance, motor skills, and builds strength.

"After riding the horses, they'll have better head and neck support. We have some smaller kids that once they've really gotten into the therapeutic riding, they'll improve to the point where they'll begin walking," said Marla Bowman, the Program Director of Hands and Hearts for Horses.

Hands and Hearts for Horses is hosting an open house for parents and riders to come check out their facilities and learn more about the program.

The open house will be Sunday October 21, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. The event is located at 3824 Lower Cairo Rd., Thomasville, GA 31792.

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