MINDEN, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — There is some magic going on at a ranch in Minden, where horses are helping to heal children.
The program is called “Kids and Horses,” and although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how it works, seeing is believing.
Ariel Salas smiled when she was told to trot to the finish line with her therapy horse.
It’s been a rough ride so far for the 8-year-old girl who suffers from a kidney disease that weakens her bones.
She’s suffered several fractures and has undergone numerous surgeries to repair her fragile body.
When she needs a different kind of healing, Ariel repairs her soul and spirit in this corral in Minden.
She said, “With your horse, you’re just inseparable, you’re friends together. You look out for each other.”
Ariel also looks out for her younger brother, Michael, who suffers from the same disease. Both kids really can’t explain how horses help heal them, they just know they do.
“He’s helped me with my legs and taught me a lot,” Michael said.
Mother Yvonne is as amazed as anyone at how her children have thrived through the program.
She’s seen the transformation with her own eyes.
“It’s amazing to see,” she said. “They go through a lot medically, so to see them enjoy life and have fun the way they do, it’s a great thing.”
The Kids and Horses program is also used to treat developmental disabilities like autism.
Program director Lisa Fletcher has seen students who’ve never spoken before say their first words on the back of a horse..
“I think they just develop a partnership where the horse is so trusting and so giving to that student and in return, the student feels that and is willing to give that to the horse,” Fletcher said.
“Kids and Horses” is holding their annual jamboree fundraiser at the Crystal Bay Club at Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 12th.
If you’d like to attend you can get more information at www.kidsandhorses.org or by calling Gloria Brimm at 775-848-5777.
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