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Therapeutic Horse Barn for Children with Autism

Organized by: Michelle Echternkamp

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THE STORY:

Rising E Ranch is a Therapeutic Riding program just outside of Quincy Il. We have a wonderful outdoor lighted arena but are in desperate need of an indoor arena so that we can do year round lessons. Many children on the Autistic Spectrum have sensory issues and don't get as much out of our lessons due to weather and other distractions. Without an indoor building the children also don't get the consistent lessons that they need to reach there full potential. These children benefit in so many ways from riding. I have seen first hand non verbal children open up and start talking to there new horse buddy and children who have trouble showing affection start hugging and feeding there horse
carrots. The benefits carry over to home and school where the children are more engaged and there classroom and social skills are greatly improved. With your help we can put up an indoor arena and not only help more children but expand to help Military troops and there families. Therapeutic Riding has also been found to help Military Troops and there families who are suffering from PSD and other post deployment issues. Thank you for your support and donation.

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