Hoof Prints, Heart Beats, and Healing

Scholarship Entrant: Jamie from Lubbock, Texas
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 Jamie: 3

Therapeutic riding courses are the alternative approach to physical therapy that is growing in popularity. A young child suffering from Autism or Down ’s syndrome might respond better to therapy with an animal than with just solely human to human interaction. Why? Because a horse doesn’t judge. A horse will not treat them differently. A horse is calm and steady. And, as people have been for thousands of years, children are captivated by their gentle strength. Just as every child is special and responds differently to situations, so do they respond differently to different forms of therapy.
I have a passion for horses and children with disabilities, as I have two siblings affected by mental and developmental disabilities. I want to do what I love to help those I love. I am currently pursuing a degree in Equine Assisted Therapy. My end career goal is to own a riding center where children and adults alike with a wide range of disabilities can come and find a safe place. And they can find healing, spiritually and physically.
My goals are simple. Receive my certification as a therapeutic riding instructor, begin a fund to build the riding center, and spread the passion I have. When love is at the center of an idea, what can we not accomplish?

Vote for Jamie: 3

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