I Saw a Child...
I saw a child who could not walk,
Sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
And yet he could not walk unaided.
I saw a child, no legs below,
Sit on a horse, and make it go
Through woods of green And places he had never been
To sit and stare, Except from a chair.
I saw a child who could only crawl
Mount a horse and sit up tall
Put it through degrees of paces
And laugh at the wonder in our faces.
I saw a child born into strife,
Take up and hold the reins of life
And that same child was heard to say,
Thank God for showing me the way.
By John Anthony Davies
There is room for everyone to help find creative ways to keep Saddles of Joy a great place for the whole family to come bond with animals! From the feed store to the office supply store, donations go a long way in helping us to keep our riding lessons affordable and our animals healthy and safe.
Saddles of Joy, Inc. is a non-profit providing an equine therapeutic riding program that serves special needs children, their families and the community. Our mission is to provide all those who come to us with a healthy learning environment that contributes to healing the body, mind, and spirit.
We have volunteer opportunities for all sorts of activities and for various positions on a continual basis. All the good folks you see working at Saddles of Joy are giving their time and talents to make it a great place for students and children of all ages!
The special bond between the horses and our clients can facilitate amazing changes, including increased self-confidence and self-esteem, and even can encourage communication skills where they were previously lacking. The warmth and rhythm of the horse can help the rider with their flexibility, strength, and balance.
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