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International Dressage Riders Support Therapeutic Riding For Disabled Veterans

Sep 08, 2008 4 Comments by

Top dressage rider Luis Denizard and Courtney King-Dye (who trained under him early in her career) are offering their support for the the North American Riding For the Handicapped Horses For Heroes Program. This therapeutic riding program works with veterans who have been wounded and disabled in service to our country and protecting our freedoms. […]

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Therapeutic Horseback Riding Challenges In Communication

Mar 25, 2008 4 Comments by

It’s hard enough teaching young, able-bodied and able-minded students to ride horses, and it’s a whole different ballgame altogether teaching disabled students to ride. Fortunately, I’m not necessarily responsible for teaching the students I assist when I volunteer at Pegasus Farms on Monday nights. But I am working with them one on one and am […]

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Therapeutic Horseback Riding As Autism Treatment

Mar 11, 2008 26 Comments by

Many of the students who ride at Pegasus Farm, a therapeutic horseback riding facility in northeast Ohio, are autistic. They are also some of our most challenging students. Actually, the handful of students I work with on a regular basis when I’m volunteering are autistic. Because of the nature of their disability, I think they […]

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Another Good Ride For the Obstinate Therapeutic Riding Student

Mar 11, 2008 3 Comments by

T is quickly becoming one of my favorite — albeit challenging — students at the Pegasus therapeutic horseback riding farm where I volunteer every Monday night. I’ve chronicled her progress for a while. A November lesson  January and February – an overview of T March – continued improvement For those of you who’ve been following […]

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My Therapeutic Riding Student Gets A Little Less Obstinate

Mar 05, 2008 5 Comments by

It was a pretty successful week for several of the students at the Pegasus Farm therapeutic riding facility where I volunteer every Monday.  The week started off with the rider/volunteer appreciation banquet on Sunday night. I discovered that several of our Monday night riders have been students at Pegasus for over 20 years! And this […]

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An Obstinate Therapeutic Riding Student

Feb 19, 2008 5 Comments by

T is one of our most difficult students in the Monday night therapeutic riding groups at Pegasus Farms. I talked about working with her a while ago in the Therapeutic Riding Chronicles. T is an adult student who has been riding at Pegasus for years. Randy, the Monday night instructor, told me that ages ago […]

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Horses As Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Feb 15, 2008 7 Comments by

In my years of work with horses both as a riding instructor and therapeutic riding volunteer, I’ve been privileged to meet and work with children and adults suffering from cerebral palsy. Their brains don’t function well enough to entirely control their bodies, but they have big hearts, beautiful smiles, and caring personalities. They also have […]

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