Little Rock,Ark.- A Little Rock hospital has partnered with a non-profit to provide a unique type of therapy for free.
UAMS and “Hearts & Hooves” worked on a grant to fund horse therapy for at risk youth. Currently 16 kids from the “STRIVE” summer program ride weekly. This is the first summer the hospital has tested out this partnership. So far it is a success.
“It helps her to know that even things that are big can still be controlled,” explained one patient’s grandmother.
The kids feel it works as well.
“I feel brave and I feel calmer,” said one of the patient’s.
The “STRIVE” Program has about 200 kids this summer and about 600 total. They are from different school and identified by UAMS doctor’s as at risk due to their behavior. The hospital always works to find to ways to help these kids find success.
“Hearts & Hooves” is fully funded on donations and grants. They hope to continue the partnership for years to come.