Testimonials: The Power of Ponies
Power Pony has literally changed my life one half-hour lesson at a time … this activity improves my trunk control, visual feedback, and balance, all weak due to a neurosurgery performed in 2006 … Before Pony Power, I needed a spotter to catch me in case I fell with the walker … Now, though, not only is ambulating worlds easier, I am able to walk unsupervised!
I just wanted to thank you and the wonderful Pony Power staff for the wonderful opportunity to volunteer. I was so blessed by the children, their smiles and “can do” spirit. The staff was wonderful in reminding me of the guidelines that we saw in the video and read in the handbook. And the dedication and passion you all have to provide a wonderful “building” experience for the children is very evident.
Unique Sibling Experience
My eldest, Jonah, is disabled and uses a wheelchair. We started the riding program for him, and he loved it. As my other two got older they wanted to be a part of it as well … Having the opportunity to do something WITH their disabled sibling is invaluable since there are very few activities that they can all do together.
What can I say, it takes my breath away to see my girls ride together … To see Courtney wave at Amanda as she passes her makes me melt … At one time all 3 of my girls were in the ring together and it is a memory I will always keep in my mind … So what can I say, Pony Power has been a place where we have found happiness, love, strength, self confidence, and friends.
Autism & Riding
Our son Douglas is autistic … We had heard about it being an activity that could have positive results for autistic people, but we figured the odds of Douglas even getting within five feet of a horse were so remote that we should not even think about it … It was a struggle for the first fall session… Fast forward three years: Douglas loves his weekly rides … What we hope we have learned and Douglas has learned, with the help of Pony Power, is to persevere and not give up. Autism does not have to win every battle.
— Doug and Maria
Everyone associated with Pony Power is kind, gentle, caring and professional. Somehow they understand that patience is a virtue and that patience and perseverance seems to work with individuals with autism … Pony Power is a phenomenal program and it provides a very valuable service to the community.
—Alice M. Hirsh