“There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man” – Winston Churchill could not have been more correct, and the prevalence of therapeutic horse riding centres for children with special needs is testament to this.
On Friday 12th February we were joined by 12 differently-abled children with varying dis-abilities for a morning of interacting with and riding the gentle, and patient Bugz Horses at Pete’s Adventure Farm. Two lovely little cousins were the first to arrive, learning about how and why we groom the horses before saddling up for a ride, and having their turns to go for a ride on Chika and Dust. The rest of the group arrived from Friends Day Care, each with a carer from the school, just as the first drops of rain began to fall.
The excitement for the experience soon chased the clouds away, and the horses engaged quietly as the children brushed them, gave them carrots and went for their rides – some hesitantly, others with great enthusiasm. The smiles told the story of how life changing this interaction, and other types of extraordinary experiences are for children who are limited in their day-to-day experiences.