These Texas horses are changing people's lives.
Animal therapy has repeatedly shown some heartwarming results, transforming the lives of autistic children and women battling PTSD. Now, horses at the Triple H Equitherapy Ranch are adding their mark.
The ranch offers horse rides for disabled adults and children as well as at-risk youth and wounded veterans. Located in the rolling landscape of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the equitherapy ranch is changing lives one horse and rider at a time.
The 200-acre facility holds equine-assisted therapy sessions that stimulate all five tenets of an individual's health: mental, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional. Breeds that live at the ranch range from Quarter horses to Arabians, Clydesdales, Appaloosas, and more.
Nineteen horses in total round out the Triple H gang. Each horse has a touching story, including Kcheck (pronounced "Check"), who reportedly sensed that a giant tree branch was about to break on a trail. He pulled his humans to safety just in time.
Then there's Hannah, proud frontrunner of the horse-drawn wheelchair-carriage. And Flash, who appeared during a dangerous thunderstorm one day and has been at the ranch ever since.
Six-year-old Triple H participant Braxton Worley has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and autism. His parents beamed about their son's transformation to KSAT News. Brian Worley said:
"Our son is a different kid on a horse... He's confident, quiet and focused."
Worley went on to praise the deep-healing process that takes place when his son hops on a horse, on levels beyond what his eyes can see. He said:
"We just see a child riding a horse, but what is really happening down to the neurological levels is phenomenal."
"They are very unique in the ability to relate to people in such a powerful way and sense naturally when they need to build that bond."
On April 29, Triple H will be open to the public for a transparent behind-the-scenes look at the healing process with these animals. This will be their 17th year hosting the annual Trail Ride Horsin' Around, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $35 for those with a horse and $15 for those without.
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All photos via Triple-H.
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