Using horses to help children with physical disabilities

Wednesday, June 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Some four-legged friends are helping children with physical disabilities. It's part of a program called Healing Hooves, designed to help in their rehabilitation.

Horse assisted therapy uses the animal’s movement as a healing tool. Nathan has Down's Syndrome. The program is helping strengthen his trunk muscles. Dr Laura Taylor, Developmental Pediatrician, "And the way we do that is use the motion of the horse, who’s hip and pelvis directly mimic human walking, to give that input to Nathan."

For more information on Helping Hooves you can call 366-2726.