Therapeutic Riding Program Helps the Disabled

Published 06/07 2014 12:55PM

Updated 06/08 2014 01:19AM

THURMONT, Md. - The Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program put on their "Rodeo Horse Show" Saturday morning to afternoon.

It is a program designed for anyone, ages four to 56, with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities.

The students face obstacles that challenge their coordination and determination. Obstacles included: barrel racing, pole bending, and modified bull roping. By riding on the horses, it has helped them keep their balance, steer and control a large animal.

Parents and students say the program has helped them gain self-confidence and improved their social skills.

"It's helped his self-confidence, his reading ability, his ability to follow directions and really ride a horse he's developed a sense of himself," says Jeannette Creager, parent of a son with autism.

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