Reader Story

woman in wheelchair smiles next to black therapy horse at equine therapy barn

Pride

I have been riding at the REATH Center for two years now. It has become a big part of my life. When I was born, I was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body.

smiling woman cantering dark bay Paso Fino horse through the wet sand of a beach with ocean waves in the background

Macey & Capri

Oct 17, 2003, a wreck with a drunk driver changed my life in a heartbeat. I went from being healthy and active to using a wheelchair...

Older looking horse wearing a pink and black winter blanket walks through a pasture

Sugar

"Thirty-two-year-old Sugar has been patient with over 150 young children thus far..."

palomino Morgan horse with black rope halter

Kiwi

"Kiwi is a one-in-a-million therapy horse. She's a 20-year-old Haflinger that's been with us for over 15 years..."

young rider sitting on a bay horse at therapeutic riding center surrounded by volunteers

Nemo

Nemo was an 11-year-old Welsh pony listed online for sale. The ad said he was a hunter/jumper pony, great temperament, and ridden by a child...

military veteran brushes chestnut horse

Shiloh

I met Shiloh at a time when I thought there was no hope for me to enjoy life again...

female police officer wearing helmet, safety vest, and badge rides a bay Clydesdale with four white socks on an asphalt road. the horse wears a badge on his breastcollar

Tank

"Tank was taken in and had been beaten and had a hard time trusting people and needed a job..."

woman wearing blue tee-shirt, blue riding pants, and purple helmet is riding a bay horse in an English saddle. she is posed for the camera, smiling. Horse is wearing protective boots.

Micha

"During a spring ride with a friend I fell off my horse. I shattered my lower leg and cracked my hip..."

young boy (with happy face emoji over face to protect identity) holding a blue rope and leading a sorrel horse. The boy is also petting the horse's cheek.

Buttons

Tentatively and quietly he said, "I can't go to school." The words came out as if they had been clawing in his throat all day and finally managed to narrowly escape...

woman wearing blue shirt and black cowboy hat riding a sorrel horse and giving a thumbs up

Kody

I was the Equestrian Director of a private school named Bachman Academy, for children with special needs. They ranged in grades from middle school to high school...

girl with short hair hugs Shetland pony in driving cart harness

Basil

Horses have been a wonderful source of comfort in my life. But the first pony I brought home, a little Shetland my neighbor had rescued from the local auction, well, I wouldn’t have called him “comforting”...

rider in gray tank top and black breeches rides sorrel horse in English saddle on grass

Angie

On April 6, 2018, I stood in a college auditorium and scanned rows filled by my faculty colleagues, students, family, and friends—the people I most admire and want to respect me. Then I said something I never thought I’d utter aloud...

black and white photo of rider and dressage horse from the cover of "The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse" book

Moonshine

Moonshine was a throwaway, ruined off-the-track racehorse who had been abused and then abandoned...

woman in graduation cap and gown hugs the face of a brown horse

Maddie

When I was 16, I begged my parents to let me ride the beautiful, *very* recently saddle-broke PMU mare that our good family friend had recently bought...

woman in pink shirt trail riding on sorrel horse

Rio and Bandit

I was an avid horsewoman with extensive trail riding experience. I also dabbled in Limited Distance and enjoying Mounted Orienteering. But late November 2016, I suffered a terrible side effect to the flu shot called Guillain Barre Syndrome...

woman sits on the grass with a dog in her lap and a sorrel horse laying down next to her

Ellie

My name is Amanda, and I am an Air Force veteran who nearly lost my life to PTSD...

young boy pets and kisses brown and white pony

Firecracker

Twelve-year-old Damion has Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. He is in a wheelchair, unable to stand or walk without assistance...