Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Butterfly Dreams Farm: Committed to Improving the Lives of Autistic Children through Horses

My husband and I were recently reminded that miracles really do happen! We drove to Watkinsville,

Georgia, a small town near our home town, and paid a visit to Butterfly Dreams Farm a facility that

conducts Therapeutic and Hippotherapy Riding Programs. A nine acre facility where individuals and

professionals volunteer their time to assist children with special needs. Not knowing exactly what

to expect, we were greeted by a peacock, a flock of chickens, two baby goats and a stable of seven

beautiful horses. When we arrived there was a lesson in progress on Merlin, one of the retired high

level dressage horses. It was explained to us that this big fellow was enjoying his retirement, but his

long stride provides a rhythmic motion that allowed the autistic child to relax and fall right into his

long graceful gate. It was heartwarming to see this child conclude his lesson much more relaxed and

physically coordinated.

Butterfly Dreams Farm is a non-profit organization with a staff that includes a speech pathologist, a

physical therapist, four therapeutic riding instructors, a barn manager and seven gentle, patient and

loving horses. Volunteers are relied upon to help with all lessons and horse care. E-Tackroom and I

personally are proud to be able to say we are a part of Butterfly Dreams Farm with a mission to assist

this amazing group to raise money for their outstanding accomplishments. You will be hearing more

from us in the coming months as we become more involved.

With cold weather and blanketing our horses finally coming to a close and fly and nylon sheets the next

item on our list of essentials for our horses, E-Tackroom is proud to donate 10% of the sale on every

nylon and fly sheet to Butterfly Dreams Farm to assist with the children’s scholorships.

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