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Thu Oct 3, 2013, 04:59 AM

A miniature horse foal and a boy share a special bond

The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association offers horseback riding as therapy. But now—one of its own pint-sized residents needs support.

"Judd is a miniature horse foal that was born here at CATRA the morning of August the 13th," CATRA's Ben Nolt told us.

"At first, he looked like any other foal. When he started to move around we realized he couldn't stand up, and that began the saga of Judd." The foal has a laxity in his tendons that makes it so he can't support his own weight without splints.

And after 28 years of the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association offering horseback riding to those living with disabilities... "We were offered an opportunity to offer therapy to a horse. The horse has been giving the therapy; it's our turn to give therapy back," said Nolt. Which includes physical therapy for Judd, who also serves as an inspiration to children who attend CATRA, like Tyler Cribbs. He also requires leg support.


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