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 classroom.

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 community.

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