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Equine therapy helps children with special needs

 

May 8, 2021

Charity Smith/Daily Globe

SPECIAL NEEDS students from Lakeland Star Academy are given a riding lesson by Sami Kussard, standing front, of the Scholl Community Impact Group and volunteer Jeanne Joseph, walking with horse on left, on Tuesday morning in Winchester. The program offers an "outside the box" method of teaching special needs kids life skills.

By CHARITY SMITH

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WINCHESTER, Wis. - A horse farm in Winchester caters riding lessons to children with special needs. The Scholl Community Impact Group's equine therapy program is geared toward helping kids on the spectrum learn to thrive.

Program director Lenelle Scholl has mirrors all around the arena so the kids can see themselves on the horse and adjust their posture. The horse reigns are marked with different colors so that the kids know what area to pull from, and letters are posted around the arena to help students learn the alphabet.

Scholl opened the prog...



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