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I love your story Belinda! Fortunately for me, my husband also loves horses so it makes it easier to get to trails that I need to trailer to... but, for those weekends he has to work, I have plenty of nice trails here around Center Hill Lake to ride from my house. My kids, hubby, and a few neighbors/friends have cut several trails (4-8 hours of them) right from my farm so I don't have to spend any time loading or hauling to ride each weekend. We have plenty of shade and water during those hot summer months too!
I love the way horses melt away my stress! I can definitely tell the difference the work-week following a horse and non-horse weekend. My horses are like medicine or vitamins to me. Without my regular dose of horsey, I can't function as well throughout the week.
Horses are definitely medicinal for children with disabilities. My husband and I recently started a nonprofit therapeutic riding program to provide the opportunity for children/adults in our local community to experience the therapeutic benefits of being around/riding horses. This all started with us having our blind adult friend and later, another friend's blind 9-year old daughter come over to ride. That's when we realized just how much a horse can make a difference in this area... Lydia's mom tells us how much she talks about her 'ride on Lefty' for hours the day after a riding session here. Lydia, the 9-year old blind girl, has now graduated up to light trail riding around our farm with my niece and I. We are working up to the full trail ride to the lake very soon!