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5129 N 600 W
(aka Mt Comfort Rd/Olio Rd)
McCordsville Indiana 46055
Lessons - Stacey Sheley
(317) 416-8632
Lessons - Lindsey Keeven
(317) 418-8933
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(219) 296-8776
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I loathe to use the word “handicap”. We are all handicapped in many ways and in our own ways, with thought, with eye, with body. To section a living being into a “lesser” category by labeling them with a term that is so vague and immediately recognizable as an inferiority is wrong and depressing.

One must choose to think differently, see differently and move differently in order to get passed the obvious and enter the world of intuition, insight and wonder. It is time for a change and time to be brave. Time to choose to see what is not obvious to most. People (and animals) with average or obvious limitations such as; autism, missing limbs, disease, disorders etc. see the world from a perspective that many of us can not. Does that make them handicapped, disabled or less than? I think not. I think it gives these individuals an opportunity that is not afforded to other people. This difference gives everyone an opportunity to see the world from a different place, it gives other people an opportunity to make the world a better place for all living beings. One that includes opportunity for every living being to share the wonders that they possess.

I have been fortunate to meet several people who have this advantage over me in my life time. Sensitive autistic people who make me weep with their love for animals, people with the most incredible seance of humor who have downs syndrome, people who were once able in body who had a tragic incident and lost limbs and have risen to the challenge of learning how to readjust and have become incredibly strong and people who have given me insight into their world who have “mental illness”. These people are different than I and for that I am grateful. I have been changed, transformed and enlightened because I was given a gift. It is a simple gift, the gift of being near them and to learn from them.

There are struggles associated with living with and caring for many of the different abilities that these people possess. Horses can help in the most incredible ways. Ways that may, on the surface seem insignificant, however as still waters do run deep so does a gentle touch of acknowledgment of unseen pain. Strength isn’t always found in the ability to carry a human, pull a wagon or win a race. It is found in the quiet time, sometimes when no one is looking and on physical levels that can be seen over even a short time.

Physical

A horse’s body has all the same bones, muscle, tendons and ligaments as a humans with a few exceptions. They do not have collar bones. the rest is different only in length and angle of placement. For example, most of what you see on a horses back leg is what you have in your foot. Contained in the hoof are the small bones of your toe, the first joint you see is the ball of your foot, the metatarsal of your foot is the long bone called a cannon on a horse and the pointy joint that is near the hair of a horses tail is your ankle. On a horse it is called the hock joint. When they stand they have the ability to lock joints and tendons to keep them standing when they doze off into light sleep. (Horses do sleep lying down as well. This is when they get deep sleep.)

When a horse moves they use the same physiology as humans do. This is a wonderful thing for people with physical limitations. We can use this to; relearn how to walk, to strengthen small muscles in the spine, to keep physical deterioration at bay, to rebuild neurons in the brain associated with motion, to strengthen the brain in large and small motor control. The list is very long.

Emotional

Horses can not speak English in the way humans can. That does not mean they can not communicate with us.

© 2010 by Stacey Sheley