"Owen has shown a tremendous draw to the horses during therapy time,” Margie Benge, of Triangle Therapy Services, wrote me when she recommended him for a Jacob’s Fund scholarship.
When we met Owen in late October, nothing could have been more obvious. Once his mom, Amanda, had helped him out of his seatbelt, Owen made straight for the barn and his horse, Dusty. When he slowed down long enough for introductions, he smiled, waved, said hello, and then quickly returned his attention to Dusty. We understood – Jacob felt the same way about his horse, Major.
Fall hippotherapy is all about pumpkins!
One of the most rewarding parts of our work with Jacob’s Fund is meeting the children and their families. They remain in our hearts, and we love sharing their stories. Amanda and Josh, Owen’s parents, have four children. This afternoon, Owen’s twin brother and little brother accompanied him to hippotherapy. They played on the playground while Owen rode Dusty and we talked with Amanda. In the midst of this happy little collection of brothers, we found the clouds and chill of that gray Monday falling away. We were more than a little smitten.
Amanda and Josh didn’t know, before he was born, that Owen had the extra chromosome that causes Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. His twin does not. Owen has been in therapy since he was born. This summer, his therapist recommended hippotherapy to improve Owen’s muscle tone, core strength, and balance, as well as his gait pattern.
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