Equine therapy helps those with special needs

On a sunny fall afternoon, four-year-old Ray Janicke arrives at AHC for his fourth therapy session on Hal, a handsome chestnut quarter horse. First Nancy King asks if Ray wants to walk one of her three miniature horses. He picks Penny, a shaggy pinto, and they set off down the long driveway, Ray holding the rope confidently while King walks alongside.

His parents, Ray and Lisa, watch fondly. “The first time he was hesitant, didn’t want to get on the horse,” relates Ray, Sr. “They stood him on a box on one side of the horse, and . . .

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