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New non-profit uses horses to help those with disabilities

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A non-profit organization is forming to help those with developmental disabilities get a chance to ride horses.

It's called Medicine HAT Trail Rides.  HAT is short for Horse Assisted Therapy.

Brent Erwin takes clients for a guided one hour trail ride which puts them in touch with both animals and the outdoors.  Group home activity directors say it improves residents attitudes.

Erwin says he's seen the difference rides make in children with autism.

"They've come in here somewhat beaten down as being cast as different from the rest of society, they come in with heads bent, you see a child get off one of these horses and his shoulders are straight back his heads up and you know he has the sense of accomplishment," says Erwin.

The new non-profit is looking for donations and volunteers but others can enjoy the trail ride for a fee to support the organization.

For more information visit http://medhattrails.com/On Facebook, or call 417-246-5889.

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