Healing with horses

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photo: K.R.DEEPAK
photo: K.R.DEEPAK

The healing power of horses will be used to help people with special needs, with a riding centre opening its doors next year in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital, Abu Dhabi.

The director of the centre, which is to be run by the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO), believes that horses can help people with conditions such as autism communicate more easily.

“In efforts to enhance physical, cognitive, social and behavioural skills for people who have disabilities a new horse centre will be launched in the capital next year,” Khulood Abdul Rahim told Gulf News.

“The centre will be provided with around 21 horses and stables in addition to some professional trainers brought from abroad, who can assist special needs and autistic people. Trainers will focus on therapeutic riding skills and the development of the relationship between the horse and rider,” she added.IANS



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