MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) A unique way to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. That's the goal for Kids and Horses, a 2019 KOLOCares Pillar Partner. The nonprofit has open spots for new clients, and leaders there guarantee you'll leave feeling much more inspired.
According to psychologytoday.com, horses can be an emotional mirror for humans. They respond to the state of feeling we're in, having a strong emotional sense. In Minden, these majestic animals are the backbone of Kids and Horses.
“We have a physical therapist on site, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist,” Catherine O’Brien explains. She’s the organization’s Program Director and says so many can benefit from their services, adding, “It may be a stroke victim, it could be a brain injury victim, it could be someone with Down syndrome, autism, people who have physical and/or mental things going on in their lives.”
On six gorgeous acres, instructors also teach adaptive riding, which helps the riders learn proper skills. But she adds there are often strides made that simply warm your heart. “Everyone is kind of interacting in that environment to help that child in a variety of ways, so they make friends, they gain confidence, they work on their conversational skills.”
You can get involved by donating money, signing up yourself or your civic organization for volunteer hours… maybe joining as a paid instructor. Whatever avenue you choose, O’Brien says the rewards are priceless.
“People normally come there because they often feel like they want to make a difference, which they do. But when you leave at the end of a session with the children or even the adults, it makes you feel pretty darn good about yourself and your day, I mean it's a pretty reciprocal environment.”
Kids and Horses. The name sounds fun, but the hard work taking place leads to treasured and valuable results. To learn more or get involved, click here