(16) started riding with the Kent Association of Riding Therapy
(KART) when she was a young student at Garnett Elementary School.
Now at Kent County High School she has become a good rider, taking
lessons whenever she can. Representing KART at several Special
Olympic events she earned many ribbons and gold medals. She no
longer rides with KART, but for several summers she has volunteered
for KART, helping with the grooming and getting the horses ready for
the day leading a horse during class sessions. The concentration
required to control a horse has definitely carried over into the
classroom and the interaction with the other volunteers has been
good for her self-esteem.
Danny (11) has been riding with KART since he was two years
old. Danny has cerebral palsy and is blind. The doctor’s told his
mother that Danny would never hold up his head, much less sit up or
walk. Today Danny is able to walk. He rides a horse and balances
himself, unassisted, while following instructions given to him by
riding instructor, Marco Belperio.
Danny's mother credits
Danny's amazing progress to the Special Education teachers at the
Kent County schools, regular physical, occupational, speech and
vision therapy and his weekly riding sessions with KART.
It takes a special horse to be a therapeutic riding horse.
Frequently described as “bomb proof” our horses must stay calm no
matter what happens in the ring. KART horses are generally older,
although we do currently have a couple of young, exceptionally
gentle horses. So, please meet our special KART horses . . .
Micah is a 5 year old year old Haflinger that has been in our
program for a year. Although young, he is very quiet and easy going,
traits for which Haflingers are known. Micah is very strong and
sturdy and can carry a lot of weight, and he is short enough that
side-walkers can easily assist a rider in need of support. Micah is
a smart horse who loves to be around people and is a happy worker.