Fayetteville, AR - At the Jasper Springs stables in Fayetteville, a very special group of kids are saddling up.
Nancy Wells, a therapist with Equestrian Bridges said, "We just offer kids a chance to connect. Connection is the biggest thing for autism."
Luke and ladybug are one of several inseparable pairs in the program at Equestrian Bridges.
It is a nonprofit offering horse therapy to children with special needs.
"The interaction between these kids and horse, no one knows why it's works but it works," explained Shanna Dozier of Equestrian Bridges.
Founded back in 2001, the program has helped over 100 kids across Northwest Arkansas with everything from social skills to team building.
And its not just about the children, the program also incorporates their families to help build support systems.
Dozier mentions, "When the kids are in with horses, our parents are in other room learning the skills were using and how it's helping their kids."
Whether its learning to speak their first words or building new bonds, the benefits of horse therapy will last a lifetime.
Dozier said, "It's one therapy that's universal and helps. It's just incredible."
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