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ERIC Number: EJ799874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
A Collaborative Effort Allows People with Disabilities to Experience the Joy of Horseback Riding
Young, Beverly
Exceptional Parent, v38 n6 p32-33 Jun 2008
This article presents a story about children with special needs whose exceptional parents had the courage and faith to look beyond their child's physical disability. Their vision granted them opportunities in a therapeutic riding program, which previously would not have included individuals with such severe disabilities. Through their collaborative efforts, Sue Cook, President of Liberty Riders Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., her daughter Sara, a NAHRA-certified (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) instructor, Karen Orr, developer of the Independence Saddle, and individuals from the Woodland Developmental Center began making the dream of having exceptional individuals learn and practice mobility skills while riding a horse. Initially, the focus was to improve mobility skills; the achievement that resulted was beyond imagination. Using the combined philosophies of therapeutic horseback riding and the MOVE[R] (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Program, 25 individuals demonstrated achievement in not only their mobility, but also communication and social skills. The students' success with the MOVE program and its collaboration with the Liberty Riders, Inc. therapeutic riding program has been a successful partnership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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