Helping Out On Horseback

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago Monday, October 08 2007 Oct 8, 2007 Monday, October 08, 2007 7:32:43 AM CDT October 08, 2007 in News

Dozens of horses and their owners came out for a 10-mile ride-a-thon to raise money so those with physical and mental disabilities can get therapy and help from horses.

The Gans Creek Wilderness area doesn't look like a hot spot for a weekend workout, but who knew a four-legged fella could do so much good for folks like Harold Helvey.

"Riding on the back of a 1,000-pound animal telling it when to go, it helps them with their self-esteem, self-confidence," said Karen Grindler, director of the riding center.

Raising money to keep the help on horseback going at the riding center was the goal on this day, and so is participant improvement.

"When you have a parent look at you and tell you that I cannot believe what the changes are in my child," Grindler said.

The therapy participants go through also touches Cedar Creek volunteer Brenna Blazis.

"When they start riding, you get to see them sit up and push air out and talk," Blazis said. "It brightens your mood."

Organizers raise money now to raise future riders and create a picture perfect ending. Grindler said to watch the miracles that occur everyday all with the help of a workout on a horse made this day worth more than just a thousand words.

Folks at the riding center said they hoped to earn $10,000.

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