It all started with a pony ride. Kelsey riding "Amy"
with Merel circa 1994
Helping Horses Help People...
Horseback riding is recognized as one of the most beneficial forms of therapy for individuals with physical disabilities. Developed in Germany in the late 1960's, therapeutic riding has been successfully practiced in Europe, Canada and the United States. For the physically impaired, riding a horse can play a significant role in rehabilitation. A horse's gait is similar to the locomotion of the human pelvic area. Riding helps strengthen spine and pelvic muscles, as well as, provide all the criteria of low-level aerobics. The discipline needed to master riding improves mental concentration and emotional control. Frequently a strong bond develops between the horse and rider. Additionally, the relationships formed between students, instructors and volunteer assistants can provide lifelong friendships and rich rewards for everyone involved in this endeavor.