2019 Therapy Horse of the Year Finalist: Bella

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I have MS and sometimes my muscles spasm while I am doing my therapy. Even when I want to push through the pain, Bella stops. She knows how much it hurts and knows the movement is causing it. She cares so much. After the spasm stops, Bella will walk on.

Her therapy has given me the ability to walk, and she taught me how not to fall. I was falling every day and only walking with an aid, but since riding Bella (PATH rider for 22 months), I have not fallen in 21 months. A technique taught by my brilliant PATH instructors and performed on Bella re-pathed impulses in my brain and changed everything.

I do not use a wheelchair or walker anymore, not even a cane anymore! In my wildest dreams, I never thought this therapy could do THIS much for me. Bella gave me my life back! Bella conquered multiple sclerosis for me! I am forever grateful to my therapist!

Bella was nominated by BethAnne Algie of the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center. Learn more about their offerings at naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org.

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Thank you to Nutrena and Tractor Supply Co. for supporting Hope in the Saddle and supplying the prizes for this contest.

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