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Thankful for igniting a spark

Thankful for igniting a spark

When a young person connects with a horse, it’s powerful. You’ve been making this happen for four young women this fall.

Every day, we’re thankful for you. For #ThankfulThursday we want to share a specific reason why. Every single day, children & adults with disabilities are experiencing a better life, because of your generosity.

Yesterday, four young women bundled up and travelled to a barn to spend the entire morning with horses they’ve been bonding with for the past five weeks. And they get to do it again this spring! Each young woman is working on individual goals, like using specific muscles, learning cause & effect and how to work as a team. All things they practice at school. But at the barn, practicing and learning looks more like loving. Connecting with a horse by brushing and putting curlers in their mane, tickling their chin, and cooing sweet things in their ears feels like spending time with a friend. Yet all of these gestures of love also improve coordination and fine motor skills.

Kailyn’s mom Shauna had the chance to experience the barn with her daughter. She said the personalized programs ignited a spark in her daughter. “With Kailyn, her eyes do the talking,” said Shauna.

Throwing dice and playing red light/green light are fun, the horses trot on command and the girls giggle in delight. These games also practice turn taking, following directions and cooperation.

Shauna said, “There were many warm-my-heart moments, thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Your support made it all happen. Thank you for bringing colour and new experiences to Kailyn and her friends’ lives.

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