Imagine mounting a
1200-pound horse as it becomes your legs-- after being confined to a wheelchair
all your life.
Imagine you are a stroke victim who has lost her
balance, coordination and subtle muscle control-- all of which are rekindled
when you learn how to ride.
Imagine you are an autistic child whose warm,
multi-sensory connection with your teacher and horse built by grooming, saddling
and riding enables you to learn in ways you canít experience in a
Imagine you are a young woman suffering from
depression, eating disorders or labeled ďat riskĒ for whom the horse breaks
barriers and lifts your life away from potential tragedy.
Established in 1998,
Willowind has served hundreds of people in our community. Its mission: to help
those challenged by physical and mental disabilities while bringing our rural
heritage into the present.
Typical people who have
found success at Willowind include children and adults with challenges such as
cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, autism
spectrum disorders, ADHD, depression, brain injury, anorexia, blindness, speech
delays, motor delays, and the after-effects of stroke. Other clients, such
as teens at risk, come to Willowind simply seeking joy, comfort, and
confidence. For all these people and more, Willowind uniquely serves the