Renew

Empty chair_Horses

Our niece had a dream to combine her passion for horses with her training as a special education teacher. Her dream came true, and Renew Therapeutic Riding Center now exists thanks to volunteer hours and donations by family, friends, and interested others. Today many students and also adults with cognitive and/ mobility challenges can ride a horse. Imagine living your life looking up at people and now being given the chance to enjoy moving around on a horse, viewing the world from a different vantage point, and looking down on top of others. Check it out. http://www.RENEWtrc.org Christopher Reeves would be proud to see the photo (Renew’s website) of the empty wheelchair. His goal was a world of empty wheelchairs. This poem seems to capture their vision. 

John Anthony Davies:

“I saw a child who could not walk 

sit on a horse and laugh and talk. 
Then ride it through a field of daisies 

but yet could not walk unaided. 
I saw 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 child who could only crawl 

mount a horse and sit up tall. 
Put it through degrees of paces 

and laugh at the wonder in our faces. 
I saw a child born into strife 

pick up and hold the reins of life. 
And that seemed child was heard to say 

thank God for showing me the way.”

 

Blessing abound.

Shalom, Collene

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elly
    Apr 23, 2017 @ 18:50:11

    Thank you for posting this! Every new experience and education of the rest of us to what life is like for individuals who do not benefit from the mobility many of us take for granted helps to expand the world.

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  2. FastHugs
    Apr 23, 2017 @ 19:25:50

    Yes, hopefully no one else needs to ‘walk’ in our shoes but it’s important for everyone to understand.

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