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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I think that looking for a place that specializes in disabled people is a brilliant idea. You might even be able to find somewhere that would allow you to help (groom, tack, lead, muck, side walk, the list goes on...) out with their further disabled people, and in return help you learn to ride again for your help. It would be win-win, and the disabled people that you help with will probably really appreciate someone as strong as you are, showing them that nothing is impossible!
I am a volunteer at a therapeudic riding farm and have been for about four years. I've seen all kinds of people come through tough situations to do wonderful things! Once such time was during our annual fundraiser (we're nonprofit). A woman had brought her two children for our pony rides and I was talking to her as we walked. She mentioned how she had always loved horses, and really wished that she was able to ride, and I told her that we had a lesson program if she was interested. I remember seeing her just sadly shaking her head and saying 'oh no, you see- I had my legs blown off in Iraq last year. I have prosthetics now.' Imagine her suprise when I just grinned at her and said 'and? Don't let that stop you! We've had plenty of riders with one or more missing appendages.' We had her on a horse that very day, and you should of seen her face. I've never seen someone happier than she was!
She has now been riding with us for 8 months and can walk, trot, and canter. Granted, we use one of our smoother, gentler horses than with some other riders, but she's got the best seat I've ever seen on a person who started riding in their later years. Looking at her, you'd never know she didn't even think she was allowed to ride a horse less than a year before!
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