Therapeutic Riding

Scholarship Entrant: Alyssa from toms river, nj
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Alyssa: 63

My dream is to get my masters in Social Work to combine with my love of horses and helping people. I volunteer at therapeutic riding centers where physically and mentally disabled people learn to ride. Learning to ride a horse gives these students a sense of accomplishment. It takes courage, communication, and strength to achieve this. The physical act of riding a horse can help many physical problems such as balance, flexibility, coordination, and muscle strength. The movement a horse has at the walking gate is very similar to our walking gate. We work on cognitive skills like memory, speech, and social skills. Slower developing children can learn the alphabet, how to tell time, colors, and many other things in a fun environment on horseback instead of in a classroom where it is hard to keep attention. I want to give the disabled an activity that can put them on the same level as anyone else. I want to watch students improve their life by riding horses, bonding with horses, and bonding with people who also understand horses. I have already seen some amazing accomplishments while volunteering I cannot wait to be able to teach students of my own. This will make the stigmas of the disabled in the world melt away. The world will start to see everyone as equals and realize hard work does lead to success. There is no end to what you can learn from horses and I want to bring that into the world.

Vote for Alyssa: 63

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