Horse Back Riding Helps Kids At High Sky Children's Ranch 7/1/13
July 1, 2013
It's a beautiful West Texas morning and some might say perfect horseback riding weather. But, todayís ride is a therapeutic session for kids at High Sky Childrenís Ranch who are in protective care.
"I like riding the horse because they listen," said one girl who is protective care.
Through riding these children learn how to control emotions and learn the effect that their actions can have.
"It also teaches them to be in tune with their own body, because if they're stressed out and get anxious on a horse, the horse movements respond to that," said Jaylnn Hogan, a therapist at High Sky.
The horses come from a program called Helping Our Riders Succeed In Education or H.O.R.S.E. The horse masters say it's rewarding to see youth grow and become more comfortable.
"It's fun to see the light come on when they learn to solve a problem or they no longer need my help or Jaylnn's help," said Jodi Rose, the president of H.O.R.S.E.
Riding and taking care of the horses can also get the kids to open up because itís an active therapy, unlike your average therapy that involves sitting in an office.
"You're tapping into so many other parts of memory and brain development that they can't put up the same kinds of walls and guards," Hogan said.