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On the September 1, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection host Katherine Boyd talks with Barbara Bower of the Valley Riding Therapeutic Riding Program.

Therapeutic riding is more than just sitting on a horse. The movement and shape of the horse allows muscles to relax… which improves posture and balance. The horse can lend its strength and abilities to the rider… allowing them to move through space in a way they couldn’t on their own.

Therapeutic instruction helps improve eye/hand coordination, spacial relations, and an understanding of directions.

Emotionally and socially… each student interacts with the horse… and the many dedicated volunteers needed to run the program. This gives the student a sense of achievement, self-respect and satisfaction that comes from learning a new skill.

To learn more about the program visit its website www.ValleyRiding.org

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