Camps give children new perspectives

OSAGE CITY—Eleven area children participated in back-to-back weeklong camps through Three-Lakes Cooperative. Students took Karate lessons at the first camp, but got a chance to stretch their legs during therapeutic horse riding sessions last week.

“We’ve seen a big improvement in all of the kids’ attitude, focus and posture,” said organizer and Three Lake Cooperative physical therapist Sandy Smith. “Kids who don’t talk a lot are talking more and louder. It works on communication skills as well as the whole body, and it’s an activity most kids don’t get the chance to do.”

The riding camp was conducted by ranch owner Kathy Smith, who gives regular riding lessons in addition to being a certified therapy riding instructor. She was part of a group of 12 Three Lakes employees and volunteers who helped conduct the ninth year of the camp and the first year with horses.

Students were divided into morning and afternoon sessions, with each child receiving the opportunity to ride.

Gracie Ferguson, 6, Michigan Valley, tried out other horses, but spent most of the week riding her favorite, Charmer.

“He was great today,” Gracie said.

Gracie, who suffers from spina bifida, appreciates the horse’s solid legs.

Aubrey Filby, 7, Overbrook, rode Pal last week, describing the horse as a big, strong and good horse. Aubrey had his first experience riding horses last week.
“I love them,” he said.


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