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Saddles and Smiles is a recreational therapeutic riding program designed for
children with disabilities.  Our specially trained ponies, horses and volunteers
meet on the third Tuesday of every month to offer a leisure activity for children
with disabilities
and their families.  We encourage parents and siblings to join
us and experience the fun of horseback riding.
But this is not just a pony ride!

Research shows that children who participate in therapeutic riding can
experience physical, emotional and developmental rewards.

The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of conditions
and disabilities served, including increased flexibility, balance, muscle
strength, confidence, patience and self-esteem.
Margaret Liskey, co-leader of the 4-H club Saddles and smiles, has years of
experience with disabled children and therapeutic riding:
She has a special needs niece, Jordan
-is a certified Massage Therapist
-volunteers with Jefferson county Special Needs classes
-is working on her certification from the PA Council of Therapeutic
Horsemanship-currently at Phase III
-volunteers at Star Equestrian, another riding facility for the challenged
-is a member of NARHA, and working on her certification
-coached Jordan and Wonder at the 2007 MD Equestrian Special Olympics
WONDER

Wonder is Jordan's
twenty-something grey
mare. She helps out at
Saddles and Smiles,
competes with Jordan in
horse shows and Special
Olympics, and also likes
fun shows and rides on
the beach!
POSSUM

Possum is 28 years
young,and loves
to help the kids at
Saddles and Smiles - he
always brings his owner,
Pat Saxon, and best
friends Melanie and Aly
along with him.  Possum
also enjoys trail riding
and fun shows.
TWINKLE

Twinkle also lives with
Miss Margaret.  She is
the CUTEST little brown
and white pony mare,
and loves the kids!  She
has been known to bring
her own babies to
Saddles and Smiles with
her!  Twinkle also works
part time for PonyXpress
Pony Rides.
MISSISSIPPI MIKE

Mike is a Haflinger
gelding, owned by Miss
Margaret.  You can
always find him at
Saddles and Smiles,
and he loves dressing
up for the costume
classes at our fun
shows.
BOOMER

Boomer is a 14 year old
Spotted Racking
Gelding - He has been
participating in Saddles
and Smiles for years, in
between his successful
show career and trail
riding - He also loves
doing tricks for treats!!
HALEY

Haley is a Haflinger
mare who lives with
Mississippi Mike.  She
is always there to lend a
hand to the kids in the
club, whether it be
Saddles and Smiles,
fun shows or beach
trips!