Testimonials

Meet Virginia, age 19, wheelchair bound, with speech that is difficult to understand. Due to her disability, getting enough physical exercise and social interaction is a challenge. Horses Helping People HOPE helps her meet that challenge. She counts the days until her next opportunity to ride. Participating with HOPE stimulates her four senses hearing, seeing feeling, and smelling.  She grooms, feeds, and rides a horse. She forms friendships with her therapist, the volunteers, other riders, their families, and the horses. She gets to be outside breathing the fresh air, under a beautiful Florida sky, at a well groomed piece of property. There’s nothing like seeing your child, who has so many limitations, express sheer joy squealing and giggling during her session. Joyce Daly Mother of Virginia                                                                                                               Photo:  Shawn Larsen

Meet Virginia, age 19, wheelchair bound, with speech that is difficult to understand. Due to her disability, getting enough physical exercise and social interaction is a challenge. Horses Helping People HOPE helps her meet that challenge. She counts the days until her next opportunity to ride. Participating with HOPE stimulates her four senses hearing, seeing feeling, and smelling.  She grooms, feeds, and rides a horse. She forms friendships with her therapist, the volunteers, other riders, their families, and the horses. She gets to be outside breathing the fresh air, under a beautiful Florida sky, at a well groomed piece of property. There’s nothing like seeing your child, who has so many limitations, express sheer joy squealing and giggling during her session.

Joyce Daly

Mother of Virginia                                                                                                               Photo:  Shawn Larsen

 

HOPE is a true gift.

The depth of what takes place at Hope HOrses Helping PEople in any one given moment is difficult to pin down. My daughter has struggled throughout her entire life; I have watched her trudge along from appointment to appointment being examined, poked, probed, cut, and stitched year after year. There’s a relief knowing that at least one of these scheduled times, I can see Brooke escape the realities of a failing body. For Brooke, HOPE is the place that keeps her going; from day one HOPE has given her something to look forward to. With the care of the volunteers and therapists a mission comes to life; the healing that occurs here is like no other. The horses stay in sync with the therapist and patients, creating immeasurable bonds.  

Photo: Chris Fabiani

Photo: Chris Fabiani

In a time of slanted truths, HOPE is what’s real. These are the people of action making a difference. I have seen a young cancer survivor searching for direction find laughter. I have seen a war hero develop peace along with purpose. Each week I watch the numerous layers of progress continue to transpire.  Hope is a true gift.

Brooke's Mom, Raeda Flores