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Equine Therapy Helping Hilton Head Neighbors

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

A horse is a horse of course of course.....but a horse can also be an aide for someone with special needs.

"Therapeutic riding has been clinically proven to improve posture, balance, flexibility, strength, cognitive reflexes, both fine and obtuse motor skills," said Ali Pauluhn, of "Wish Upon a Horse."

"Wish Upon a Horse" Equine Therapy was started back in 2011 by the owners of Lawton Stables to serve adults and children on Hilton Head Island with special needs. And organizers say this is a program that was really needed.

"The owners of Lawton Stables were the ones that started this or got the ball rolling because they have all of these horses that were not being used in the trail rides in the fall and the spring, and winter months. and so they developed this program to help those on the island with these needs, especially the school kids," said Pauluhn.

And those school kids are really saddling-up and enjoying this great program. Two students from Hilton Head High School say this has really helped them.

"It's very comfortable, it helps us relax, and to sit up straight, it helps a lot of things? yea and its fun? Yea!" said Christopher McPherson.

"We get on the horses and start riding them and do exercises on the horses, and it's a lot of fun," agreed Kayanna Simmons

For More Information go to http://www.wishuponahorsehhi.org/

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