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Saturday, August 29, 2015

horses for healing

Catherine Markosky of Ligonier was initially a skeptic of hippotherapy, a form of therapy that uses horseback riding to nurture people with temporary or permanent disabilities.
A therapist suggested the treatment for Markosky's son Mason, 14, who has Costello syndrome and cerebral palsy. Markosky, 46, worried about her son, a toddler at the time, possibly falling off the horse or getting hurt, but 12 weeks into his therapy, he could sit up, and his once stiff, rigid body started to relax.
“Once he started to sit, we were able to play with him and he could sit on a therapy ball,” she said. “He could sit in a chair at the television or sit at a chair at the table. His quality of life was changing so much.”

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