Animals are the best therapy

Breaking with my format to tout a few organizations that do amazing work!

PATH International

“The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) changes and enriches lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies.”

This organization used to be NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) and they do incredible work for many people.  Many people with Moebius never need therapeutic riding and could start, like I did, with a “normal” lesson program and caring instructors who are willing to adapt and work with physical issues.  For children or adults who are more involved and may need adaptive equipment or lessons, I highly recommend looking up the list of accredited centers near you and checking it out!  Many offer affordable lessons and horse camps for people of all abilities.  If you’re looking for a regular lesson program who would be good for a person with unique challenges, I’d also advise contacting a local program – they are experienced in finding “feeder” programs for their more advanced kids and should have some recommendations.  That’s how I found my current instructor and I couldn’t be happier!

Canine Companions for Independence 
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.”

CCI does amazing work – providing service and hearing dogs for adults, facility dogs for programs and skilled companion dogs for parents of children with disabilities.  I’m in the process of getting evaluated for one to help with the chronic pain issues I have from Moebius-related issues and I’m so excited!  They have programs all over the country, and are very focused on bringing together a team who works well together and can progress and maintain the training.  I can’t wait to get on the waiting list… it can take up to two years from the time you’re on the waiting list until you get a training date.

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