Local organization uses horses to provide therapy for children
PADUCAH, Ky. - Joy Winebarger spends her days at the stable, connecting horses like Trooper to kids with special needs like Brittney Snyder. It's a means of therapy.
Looking at Brittney, it's obvious it's working. But Brittney wasn't supposed to have a life like this. Her grandmother, Shirley Futrell, says when Brittney was born, doctors told her mother to put her in an institution.
"Forget it, she could never learn, her IQ was too low," Futrell said when recalling the doctors' comments.
With a number of therapies, H.O.R.S.E.S., Inc. being one, Brittney has blown away expectations. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was won 47 gold medals for gymnastics in the Special Olympics.
Winebarger says all the physical, mental and emotional benefits aside, it helps everyone.
H.O.R.S.E.S., Inc stands for "Helping Others Reach Success using Equine Services." Check out the video for more, and click here for additional information on the organization.