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  •  Our son is non-verbal autistic (14+ / 0-)

    and does therapeutic riding.  He sometimes talks when he is on the horse. It is by far his favorite outdoor activity.  Like so many other special needs kids, there is a connection with horses that he doesn't have with people.  

    All the volunteers and ranchers, who provide this type of service to our kids, are my heroes.  I can't thank them enough.  They are golden.

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    by Sandy on Signal on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 02:03:52 PM PDT

    •  Trust me (9+ / 0-)

      Seeing kids like your son blossom when they're around horses is a blessing to everyone involved.

    •  A wonderful thing to see! (3+ / 0-)
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      Sandy on Signal, babaloo, elwior

      I've witnessed first-hand how autistic kids respond to horses and how horses respond to them.    My very old and somewhat crabby(to adults) Quarter Horse--rescued from dressage hell-- was, in his younger days, a terrific ride for an autistic neighbor.

      He was perfectly behaved with this young boy on his back, and it was the only time I saw the boy look me(or anyone else) in the eye while following my instructions.  

      No surprise that the Romney's gave $10,000 to an anti-gay marriage group but couldn't cough up bupkiss for disabled riding programs.  

      PS  That old Quarter Horse is now happily living the life of a pasture potato, and he's still pretty crabby(except to kids).

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      by QuarterHorseDem on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 06:23:51 PM PDT

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      •  That's wonderful (2+ / 0-)
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        I wish we knew more about the animal connection with humans.  It is interesting to watch how they interact with children and the most vulnerable.  They must sense there is no threat and they need protection.    Remember the cat in a nursing home in Mass. who would visit people right before they died?  

        I am fascinated how these horses have patience, understanding and care for autistic.  Especially, when they treat the rest of us in an ornery manner.

        ‎"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

        by Sandy on Signal on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 07:10:46 PM PDT

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        •  Quite incredible and hard to understand... (1+ / 0-)
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          Even this weekend(I was away) I heard that my "ornery"(such a great word) old gelding was so nice to the little children who were visiting in the barn.

          Jazz is truly a grouch.  To illustrate:  he was once in a demo clinic with the wonderful horse trainer, Dr. Scoggins, from the University  of Illinois.  Scoggins taught him how to get on a trailer in about five minutes.  When I asked the good Dr. why was Jazz was so crabby, he just looked at me and said, "He was born that way."  Just like the autistic kids. Maybe they understand each other.

          PS  He may be ornery, but this old guy has done crowd control at the US Equestrian Team in Gladstone, NJ(which included ambulances and some other pretty scary situations), run scores for Pony club events, fox hunted, hunter paced, gymkhana-ed, been trail ridden pretty much all over the USA and has never once spooked, dumped me, and taught my daughter how to ride.

          If Liberals Hated America, We'd Vote Republican

          by QuarterHorseDem on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 07:31:31 PM PDT

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