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.