It has always been my passion to ride a horse. I began as an adult rider living abroad. When I moved back to the U.S. my horse never made the transport. She had been stolen! "When one door closes another one opens"... It was then I began to rescue horses. Some were on their way to slaughter, mistreated, neglected, or just in the wrong hands. I saw more than I needed to see. Soon I had my own "herd". I was always excited to share my horses with my friends and their children. When the children interacted over the fence with horses it was magical. I witnessed the horses communicating with the children. One day a friend brought her son to the farm, and while he was riding he cried out in contentment,"so much fun!"At that moment I knew I could make an impact on a child's life.
As a pediatric nurse and having such a passion for horses I believe the benefits of animal interaction and horse back riding are numerous. Studies have proven horseback riding helps improve an individual's balance and mobility while increasing their muscle tone and coordination. Encouraging a rider to sit up straight improves their posture, thus, creating better energy/blood flow to the brain. More flow equals increased cognitive skills, improved language, more ability to problem solve. And lets face it, just sitting on such a large animal improves one's self-esteem! I am so pleased that the horses that have been rescued are now helping to rescue individuals, and helping them gain life experiences.