Indoor Arena Walls in Place
With walls up and doors installed, the indoor arena at McKenna Farms is almost ready. In June, children, therapists, parents and supporters will host a grand opening. And whatever the weather - rain, Georgia's summer heat, or the occasional winter snow like those that happened this winter - hihppotherapy sessions will be uninterrupted.
That's vital for the patients' progress because progress builds with each session.
Little Patricia, who will soon start hippotherapy at McKenna Farms, is one of the children who will go through those newly-opened doors. Patricia turns four on May 4, 2011, and now Global Giving's donors can help her turn a corner in her life as well.
Patricia's speech is delayed, but her family is very poor. Without Global Giving donor's, the prescription Patricia's doctor has written for hippotherapy might not be filled, and Patricia would continue to suffer in silence.
Hippotherapy improves speech and vocabulary. During Patricia's sessions, the horse's gait will allow her to experience movement that strengthens her core. The horse's balanced, rhythmic motion stimulates the underlying physiolgoical systems that support her speech and language functions.
We're looking forward to the day when little Patricia, like many of the children who come to hippotherapy never having spoken a word, starts telling her horse "Go!"
Giddyup, Old Paint
Little horse, little rider