When horseback riding is as therapeutic as it is thrilling
This family knows from long experience the value that therapeutic horseback riding can bring to people with disabilities.
Kathy Gray of Citra, Florida, was kicked in the head by a horse at the age of 3 and suffered significant brain injury. Yet her mom had her back on a horse within a year.
“When you go to therapy, they work the arm, they work the leg, they work your trunk control,” says Betty Gray, Kathy’s mother. “But when you’re on a horse, your whole body is moving.”
Today, Kathy Gray is a champion horsewoman. “When you’re riding, you forget about your disability,” she says.
With the help of a grant from Wells Fargo, the Grays operate Stirrups ‘n Strides, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic riding to people with disabilities.