Therapy Horse of the Week: Leda

therapy horse leda
Photo courtesy of K. Jones.

Zans Ole Chita, aka Leda, is a 22-year-old AQHA mare. She raised my daughter, now 26 years old, and faithfully carried her young rider to Dressage Championships!

Leda then started her career teaching adults and children how to properly ride in a balanced and connected partnership. She gently carried many kiddos, and taught teens and adults to never take anything for granted! In 2013 Leda started providing equine assisted learning and therapy services to clients.

As the constant calm leader for any herd, Leda taught the amazing gift of presence and patience to children and adults through partnering with psychologists, licensed professional counselors, social works and licensed marriage and family therapists.

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Her feedback is always authentic, and throughout her career she has consistently and graciously participated in helping humans heal. Leda has assisted a young woman recover from a traumatic brain injury that was sustained when a truck ran a stop sign and struck her while she was walking.

Time spent with Leah increased her memory and speech, and the momentum Leah brought her allowed her to find closure from the accident, partner with neurologists and find a new job.

Leah is an example of the transformative power of humans partnering with horses to help those struggling with mental health issues.

– K. Jones

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