A ‘thank you’ and a plea | AspenTimes.com

A ‘thank you’ and a plea

Dear Editor:

My name is Molly Robison and I am the executive director of WindWalkers, a therapeutic riding program located in Missouri Heights. I recently had a wonderful experience with the people of Aspen showing them to be caring, concerned, helpful and resourceful. My thanks go out to everyone who helped find my lost dog, Sadie. I was truly amazed at the number of calls with sightings, offers of help to search for her and genuine concern for her safe return.

Following this experience, I realized that same care, concern, help and support is needed at WindWalkers for our riders and horses. Every day I see the benefits riders with physical disabilities and other challenges receive from therapeutic riding sessions – increased physical health, pride and joy in accomplishments, improved social interactions, and so much more.

Riding at WindWalkers helps amazing things happen for our riders. Last summer the teacher of one young rider was considering holding him back in kindergarten for the second time. He struggled with colors and shapes but desperately wanted to move on with his friends. We designed a fun summer program that taught him riding patterns based on colors and shapes. By August when his skills were retested, he was enthusiastically moved into first grade.

Also consider the young boy whose family was cautioned that their son may never be able to walk. It was suggested that therapeutic riding might help. After riding at WindWalkers for several months, he took his first step and hundreds after that!

WindWalkers needs the care, concern, help and support from the Aspen community to keep these wonderful experiences happening for our riders. I understand WindWalkers is not unique in the impact on our program caused by the recession; I am hoping the Aspen community is willing to help keep our vital program in the valley. Scholarship assistance is particularly needed at this time as many of our families are struggling and need financial aid.

I am extremely proud of the work we do and love to share our program with members of the community. I encourage anyone interested in donating or learning more about WindWalkers and the benefits of therapeutic riding to contact me at (970) 963-2909.

I welcome the chance to share the amazing work we do with potential donors, volunteers and rider families.

Molly Robison

Missouri Heights

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