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  1. #1
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    Default "Listen Close" - Horses and Special Needs Children

    Beautiful. Inspiring. I encourage each CotH member to watch.

    http://youtu.be/40SPnswaGYg
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier



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    Thanks, Mike!
    Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
    "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother



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    Truly inspiring. I think sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to have horses in our daily lives . . . and how wonderful they really are . . .
    "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy



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    Horses are just amazingly sensitive creatures.

    We stopped by our house one day on the way to a show to pick up a forgotton jacket, pony on the trailer behind us. Our next door neighbor has a young daughter with Downs. I invited them to walk over and pet pony through the door while dd went inside to retrieve her jacket.

    Pony, who was munching away from his hay net and usually mugs for treats a little given the opportunity, absolutely froze as soon as she put her hand on his face (even stopped chewing) and for the next ten minutes or so barely breathed and didn't move an inch while this little girl touched him all over his face and neck. I swear, he KNEW.

    It made us all smile in a big way.



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    at the TR barn where i used to volunteer they had a little $#!$#@ of a pony who would do her best to bite, kick, stomp, or otherwise injure you--unless you were a small child, or had a disability. little kid trying to put her bridle on upside down? no problem. rider with CP yanking the reins? piece of cake. she would even stand there and doze as autistic kids had tantrums on her, ignoring flying fists and kicking feet.

    but once someone adult, or "responsible for their actions" tried to tack/groom/lead/ride her, she'd try and take a chunk out of them.

    it was the damndest thing.



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    Thanks, Mike.
    www.specialhorses.org
    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues




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    WOW, LOVE IT

    wish I could work/volunteer in a place like that

    those kids have SUCH a proud expression on their faces when they are on the horses. and its funny, the horses look just as proud...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpin_Horses View Post
    WOW, LOVE IT

    wish I could work/volunteer in a place like that

    http://www.pathintl.org/path-intl-centers/find-center




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    Mike I look forward to your posts every day, you always find winners, thank you



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    That's very kind of you to say so.

    The world of horses is so diverse I don't think I will run out of videos to find and post. I have over 100 waiting to be posted.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier



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