Their World

Scholarship Entrant: Abigail from Conway, Arkansas
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 Abigail: 2

If I could do what I love it would be to perform Hippotherapy for those with physical or developmental disabilities. In the scheme of the world this seems insignificant but for those with disabilities, Hippotherapy could change their world forever. Hippotherapy is a form of therapy that uses horses as tools. Many occupational and physical therapists use this form of therapy to treat their patients. I was introduced to this type of therapy when my mother ran a therapeutic riding facility for children and adults. The expression on the faces of the riders is unforgettable. The riders were just elated to be like a typical person riding a horse.
I am currently in school to become an occupational therapist and I work in a pediatric therapy clinic to gain experience. My end goal is to open a hippotherapy clinic. I cannot wait to give a person with a developmental disability the chance to ride a horse. This type of therapy could literally change their life. So many people were touched by what my mother was able to do for her clients; I cannot wait to take what she did and make it better.
I knew that I wanted to be an occupational therapist when I was helping my mother at her barn. I was touched by so many people with disabilities that I had to find a way to be in that atmosphere for the rest of my life. Now, my goal is simply to change someone else’s life.

Vote for Abigail: 2

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