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GAIT was started over 40 years ago by the founder Margaret Rich who was encouraged  by her pediatrician father to start working  with children with special needs. Her father agreed with Winston Churchhill who said that "the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man".

Special needs occur among all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities, such as: ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, intellectual disability, learning disability, vision impairment, spinal or head injury and other developmental delays.  GAIT uses the bond between horse or small farm animals and clients to address the unique learning, developmental, emotional, and physical challenges of their disabilities.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Temecula, CA
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. California
  3. Horseback riding
  4. Horseback riding therapy
  5. Horses
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. Therapeutic horsemanship
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