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Talbot Special Riders

I watched as Kim and Rita assisted the riders with mounting the horses, made easier with a wooden platform that places the rider level with the horse’s back. Kim, Rita and the other volunteers, along with the rider’s support staff, therapists, aids, parents, etc., worked quietly and calmly with the horse and rider to achieve a successful mount. Then lessons began in the horse ring with Kim directing the rider and volunteer tea m a round va r ious markers in the ring, using hoops and sequencing turns to promote ease, confidence, accomplishment and challenge as the rider learned to

riding therapy to approximately 70 clients ages four to 84 on six even-tempered, gentle, well-trained horses. Kim, who started riding horses at age four, has been a riding instructor for 40 years. She is also certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Inter nationa l (PATH), whose mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equineassisted activities and therapies for people with physical, emotional and learning disabilities as well as victims of abuse and trafficking.

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Tidewater Times December 2018  

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