Horses That Heal – Miami Herald

Horses That Heal An equestrian center in South Miami-Dade is

Horses That Heal – Miami Herald

Horses That Heal

An equestrian center in South Miami-Dade is helping children and adults gain confidence,make emotional connections and help them develop basic skills.

Keion, 9, takes a ride on Stan the Man with the help of volunteers Takira Brown, far left, and Cece Tilson, far right, at Good Hope Equestrian Training Center in Redland on Feb. 3.

ALLISON DIAZ / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD
BY ALEXA LOPEZ

Tucked away among the farms and nurseries of South Miami-Dade is a place where horses provide hope to children and adults in great need.

Good Hope Equestrian Training Center offers horse therapy to about 300 children, youths and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit organization also recently started working with veterans, many of whom have developed post-traumatic stress disorder from multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Any condition that is going to hinder your daily living can be a disability,” said Good Hope director Peggy Bass, 44. “If you’re within our mission and our scope, let us help you.”