Wild Horse http://wildhorseriding.com Just another WordPress site Sat, 09 Feb 2019 02:08:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Mom T. Speaks about the Benefits of the Wild Horse Riding Program http://wildhorseriding.com/mom-t-speaks-about-the-benefits-of-the-wild-horse-riding-program/ http://wildhorseriding.com/mom-t-speaks-about-the-benefits-of-the-wild-horse-riding-program/#respond Sat, 09 Feb 2019 02:08:20 +0000 http://wildhorseriding.com/?p=305 Our program director Dr. Kari Ann Owen sat down with Mom T for a candid interview about the benefits she’s realized from children she has partaking in the Wild Horse Riding Program.


Mom T. has been bringing these delightful children to Wildhorse for several months now. These brave children are winning their battles with the post-traumatic syndrome and social anxiety they’ve acquired, as a result of the unfulfilled roles of their original parents.


Wildhorse: Why did you choose our Wild Horse Riding Program?

Mom T: The kids always liked horses. I saw Wildhorse’s advertisement for open lesson times, and I decided to bring the kids to see what the program is like.

Wildhorse: How has the children’s participation in the program helped them in dealing with their trauma?

Mom T: They seem happier at the deepest core of their hearts and imagination. They’re taking direction well, and are willing to help each other. They show empathy and concern for human and animal participants and are always willing to learn new things.

Wildhorse: How is their behavior at home since they’ve been involved in the Wild Horse Program?

Mom T.: They are more relaxed, and able to meet many situations with a new inner calm.

Note from Wildhorse: These brave children have progressed to winter trail riding up a hill and jumping over ground poles and small jumps. They’ve have made marvelous progress as human beings and equestrians in an astonishingly short time, counted in months.
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Wildhorse! in 2018

We are helping a new student with horseback riding as she also practices literacy and pronunciation. This young lady has a genetic disorder which inhibits learning and speech, and she loves riding! So we ask her to repeat words, and when she speaks, then speaks again, it is a breakthrough!


Specific areas of achievement this young lady’s parents have advised as are:

  • speech improvement
  • peer relationships
  • arithmetic and reading skills

Every lesson brings new vocabulary words, from horse anatomy to grooming tools to reins, saddle, stirrups.

Kari Ann and her volunteers and parents say, repeat and repeat the words again along with their meanings. We are thrilled that the “hear and say” method is working.
And we count steps, using Kari Ann’s singing voice (recordings to be offered soon) and ask for the young lady to repeat the numbers.

A New Horse! (sort of)

When Kari Ann made a visit to Goodwill, she found a huge stuffed horse. She gave it to the young student, hoping she would practice her riding at home, continuing to develop her gross and fine motor skills while riding a horse who is stationary but… inspiring.

For reading and arithmetic skills, Kari Ann has given a short storybook in progress concerning our pony, Tony, and his longing for ‘ companionship. We hope that by the end of this academic year, our student will be reading aloud from Tony the Pony’s story.



Wildhorse! is a sole proprietorship under the gentle wing of 501C3 Seedlings of Change in Lolo, MT. God bless them for their help and encouragement!

Please see Seedlings’ latest web site for our new video and more recent information:

We teach on a private ranch in Huson, Montana which is fully outfitted for Western riding, including trail riding. And Kari Ann’s and Wildhorse’s 17 years of experience has allowed us to help every rider’s type of disability from autism to Parkinson’s, depression and bulimia and even fear of horses. We have held workshops for developmentally disabled adults, and a recent clinic to help anxious riders meet their particular goals.

Please view this hilarious video of therapy horse Echo playing soccer with his rider, an autistic boy:

We accommodate all financial situations, are a Medicaid vendor and have never turned anyone away for lack of funds.

Director Kari Ann and all Wildhorse! volunteers and personnel practice Positive Management and motivate all Wildhorse! people with praise. Please contact us at wildhorse@wildhorse.vpweb.com
Wildhorse! Director Dr. Kari Ann Owen, Ph.D. on Guinness, the second level dressage horse we teach on. Brava, Wildhorse! volunteers who help all our riders mount this immense and gentle champion!

Wildhorse in Montana

Therapeutic Riding and MS:

A dialogue between Laura B., Wildhorse! Therapeutic Riding Program Student Student, and Dr. Kari Ann Owen, Ph.D., Program Director and Head Instructor of Wildhorse Therapeutic Riding Program.

Coordinated leg movements, posture, and stirrup arrangement have been extremely helpful. The stretches and balance exercises have also helped – especially the ones you showed me that I can do every day on my own in addition.
I have gained confidence in my own resilience and abilities after worrying that I would have to leave graduate school and give up on my career goals. I directly attribute this to you and to horse therapists Guinness (Salle de Francais), Trysta (Arabian), and, especially, Madison (Registered American Quarter Horse).

My recovery goals from this past flare are to regain control, coordination, and strength in my right leg/side. As I have improved the greatest signs have been my ability to lift my leg, climb the mounting block independently, dismount independently, and increase awareness of my right foot.
I did not think the proprioception issues with the right foot would improve, but they have! The practice of using the stirrups has helped with learning how to compensate and have new ways of knowing what my right foot is doing.

Proprioception: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The cerebellum is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious aspects of proprioception.
Proprioception (/ˌproʊprioʊˈsɛpʃən, -priə-/PRO–o-SEP-shən), meaning “one’s own”, “individual”, to take or grasp, is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.
of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.

We are attempting to hold back further development of MS and diminish its symptoms.

As the axons of nerves demyelinate,

Demyelination is the loss of the myelin sheath insulating the nerves,

The best way to preserve them is stress and – many people use the phrase “use it or lose it” in terms of demyelinated nerves. Unfortunately, as I heal from each flare this can be a very painful process. Luckily, this time the pain diminished over time. The major symptoms to focus on are:
strength (especially the right leg)
Muscle tension/spasms
Right foot proprioception
prickling sensation
Postural Issues from compensating for weakness

Besides exhaustion, the increased movement of the working walk (and now the trot!) have not affected my MS as much as it is just exhausting. The exhaustion is of a good kind. It tells me that I am getting stronger and pushing myself in the ways I need in order to not eventually become . Occasionally, I will have noticed increased muscle tension after riding the Working Walk and Trot that does not seem to alleviate after stretching, but I know stretching is helping. It’s the same tension that comes from any challenging physical exertion.

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