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July 21, 2010

4-H's therapeutic horse riding program measured in smiles

POWELLS POINT — The first time Savannah Lowery sat atop a horse, her mom noticed the change immediately.

Savannah’s agitation, a symptom of Asperger’s syndrome, melted away, and the youngster was calm. The change was so dramatic that Eileen Lowery of Kill Devil Hills knew her daughter needed another chance to ride.

Last week, 6-year-old Savannah got that opportunity at the 4-H Rural Center’s therapeutic riding program. With pink cowgirl boots and riding cap, Savannah took no time to adjust. Before the end of her first half-hour session, she was urging the horse Minnie Pearl to trot faster, much to the pleasure of mom and instructor Sam Iulo of Jarvisburg.

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Posted by Natalie at July 21, 2010 10:05 AM