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Making A Difference: Equine Therapy Helping People With Limited Mobility

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A new program is helping those with mobility challenges take part in a popular activity here in the Bluegrass.

Blue Willow Farm in Versailles partnered with the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Kenney Orthopedics and Keeneland to host the program 'McKeever’s First Ride.'

“It's designed to take care of people with disabilities and amputation that never had the opportunity to ride a horse,” said Mo Kenney, President of Kenney Orthopedics.

The program helps those recovering from an amputation or other serious injuries as well as those who live with conditions that limit mobility.

It incorporates aspects of Equine Therapy including riding, grooming and ground work, to help achieve a variety of therapeutic goals including cognitive, physical, emotional, social, educational and behavioral goals.

Mike Cook, who had to have his leg amputated, told LEX 18 that the program helped him have confidence in his ability to move around.

“It just gives you the mindset that you can still do anything that you did before you lost your leg,” said Cook.

Strides in orthopedic technology, and programs like this one, help to improve the quality of life for people dealing with physical limitations.

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