I LOVE horses….I’ve had them all my life and I’ve LOVED every one of them through the years as if they were family! All the way back from my very first 15 hand goat tying champion Doll (who was really my mom’s horse), to my “Beginner Barrel Horse” Cupids Gold Bar the Palomino, Taco the big Black Bulldozer thoroughbred, Jack who was a present from my step-dad for my 21st Birthday and Buttons my Roany Pony Baby whom I inherited when my dad passed away! 🙂 Each one is so special to me and each one hold a special piece of my heart.
I love that they all have their own personality…..I also love that over the years through my 4-H, FFA, Rodeo, County Fairs and even a small stint on the OSU Equestrian team that I have also seen the effects of how helpful, therapeutic and healing these animals can be.
There are several therapeutic riding centers that help serve children and adults with disabilities. It’s a complex and exciting means of therapy that produces tangible, physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and educational benefits to the participants.
The horse’s movement simulates a normal human gait. This in turn stimulates the rider physically and cognitively toward reaching therapeutic goals. This gentle rhythmic movement helps improve balance, muscle control and tone, motor development and coordination, posture, strength and overall body awareness. And riders, many for the first time in their lives, can experience the freedom and joy of independent movement. Seeing a connection made between a horse and rider is something that words don’t do justice.
Horses have halos – if you’re asking this cowgirl – even if you can’t see them! J
Sparkle and Spur
“There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain’t a thing.” ~Will Rogers