Written by DAVID DeMILLE
ST. GEORGE – The horse has a long history of helping humans, and lately people in Southern Utah are finding new ways to take advantage of the unique relationship.
From teaching young children about responsibility to helping people with disabilities, treating those with mental illnesses to lending confidence to people who have suffered abuse, area horses are acting as a calming influence through equine therapy.
“It’s a symbiotic relationship,” said Linda Filter, a St. George resident whose eight-year-old daughter Erika is participating in a local program. “It’s not just a carrot and a stick.”
Since she started going to St. George’s Dual King Ranch last fall, Erika went from not being able to put on a halter to cinching her own saddle and knowing what it takes to care for a horse, and Linda said dealing with horses has been a positive experience.
“It’s mostly a confidence builder,” she said. “You can be who you are, you can do what you want to do and you can be proud of who you are.” Read full story at The Spectrum >>