While many will only dream of meeting the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Clydesdales helped to make one little boy's dream come true.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are known for their power, beauty, and striking eight-horse hitches. They travel across the country, participating in parades, festivals, and special appearances. Any chance to see the Clydesdales up close and in person is a special treat, but for nine-year-old Alex, the outing in the video below was extra special.
Alex was battling a brain tumor, and when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish, he wanted something special involving his love of horses. Alex was treated to a Missouri adventure. He got to ride the Budweiser wagon around Busch Stadium on the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day.
Alex grinned and waved to the crowd, and we can only imagine how special he felt during that trip. Alex also went to Grant Farm and visited the Budweiser Clydesdales, learning about what they do in their time off from the road.
Horses are so talented at lifting our spirits even when we are sick, sad, or discouraged. A simple trip to the barn can help improve your day, and the use of horses in therapy continues to grow. In addition to using horses in therapeutic riding settings, equine-assisted therapy and equine-assisted learning continue to emerge.
During equine-assisted therapy and equine assisted learning, participants don't even have to mount up to gain from the therapeutic values of horses. In fact, participants don't have to be horse people at all - they can learn from horses in supervised settings but don't need to be able to groom, saddle, or ride them.
It seems that we're only just beginning to understand and acknowledge the incredible talent that horses have in teaching and healing humans.
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