Feel Good Friday: Alatheia Improves Lives Through Equine Therapy
The Alatheia Riding Center is doing amazing things to improve the lives of people with special needs in the greater Wenatchee Valley. Through equine therapy, Alatheia works to transform, empower, and bring joy to those who face physical challenges.
“Because the horse is such a motivating factor, Alex is working very hard to communicate with the horse to initiate the movement she loves. When sitting upright and in the arms of her instructor, Alex is learning to coordinate hip flexor contraction to lift her leg which in turn initiates movement.”
“Born with a rare congenital condition that left her unable to move, speak, or eat on her own, Alex spent most of her time reclining in a wheelchair or on a bed.”
Alex spent a season riding horses at the Alatheia Riding Center and the results were amazing. She showed improvements in muscle tone, flexibility, digestion, and sleep.
“Alex is so happy when she is with her horse,” shared Nancy. “Her parents say when their van crosses the railroad tracks on the way to Alatheia, Alex knows immediately where is is headed and begins giggling with excitement.”
The riding center serves over 40 clients, all with unique stories and transformations. With the support of the Community Foundation of NCW, partnerships with local businesses, and incredible generosity of their donors and volunteers, Alatheia has developed a strong business plan with sustainability. A wonderful accomplishment for an organization making such an important impact in the community.
Thank you Alatheia and its supporters for bringing hope and joy to the families of those who benefit from the incredible healing power of horses. Special thanks to Alex and her family for letting us share her inspiring story.
(you might need a tissue)