…who couldn’t walk ,
sit on a horse, laugh and talk.
Then ride it through a field of daisies
and yet he could not walk unaided.
I saw a child, no legs below
sit on a horse, and make it go
through woods of green
and places he had never been
to sit and stare, except from a chair.
I saw a child who could only crawl
mount a horse and sit up tall.
Put it through degrees of paces
and laugh at wonder at our faces.
I saw a child born into strife
take up and hold the reins of life
and that same child was heard to say,
“Thank God for showing me the way…”
-John Anthony Davies
This is a poem you can find on one of the flyers laying in the “New Beginnings” therapeutic riding (NBTR) facility right here in Bowling Green, KY. A poem that so very much reflects what I witnessed while spending some time there with the riders and volunteers. This wonderful non- profit organization was founded in 1997, serving individuals with behavioral, emotional, mental, and physical disabilities by enhancing their lives through the power of horses. They are currently enrolling more students!
NBTR relies completely on donations and fundraisers and the commitment of volunteers. Please consider helping. Every little donation will make a difference.
Feel free to join any of their fundraiser activities as well. The next event is the 5 K walk/run on their property on April 28th -starting at 9 am. The run will not be timed, and breakfast will be served 🙂 For registration or information about NBTR go to: http://nbtr-bg.org/
And find them on Facebook.
April is Autism Awareness month, and I am giving 15 % of all my session fees booked in April to this organization.
Will you join me please?
The two sweet boys in all the pics above are close to my heart. I have known these two and their families for a while now. And I am in awe about the things they have and are now accomplishing there. The self confidence they have developed around the horses and the joy and giggles I witnessed speak to how transforming these animals are in the hands of caring and understanding people. Kentucky’s Unbridled Spirit at it’s best!