By DeeDee Conrad on Jan 22, 2018 at 12:06 AM in Rider Stories

Now has focus & can follow directions


Keaton was just four years old when he began therapeutic riding at Hearts. Four years later, the Slay family says “Hearts is truly a blessing. Over the years we have come to appreciate the kind, caring, and consistent staff.” Keaton, who has Down syndrome, rides once a week. The Slays brought Keaton to Hearts to provide him with a special activity of his own that would bring him enjoyment and confidence.

Keaton’s weekly sessions have resulted in improved balance, coordination, listening, and ability to follow directions. In addition, he has developed a true respect and great affection for horses. Riding is one of Keaton’s favorite activities.

His mom, dad, and aide, Claudia, add, “Thank you to the many community volunteers who support this program: the staff, financial sponsors, and those who have donated their horses to share with these special children. We are truly grateful.”

Photography by Emily Hart-Roberts

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