William’s Walk Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Cart-Driving
Through horseback riding and cart-driving lessons, students with disabilities receive not only the physical benefits of equine activities, but also educational, social, and cognitive development.
This is our core and original program. Since 1996, we have served those with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Rett’s syndrome, autism, blindness, speech impairments, and many other developmental disabilities.
Students attend weekly, 1-hour lessons, taught by our PATH Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructors. The lessons are designed with the individual’s specific needs and goals in mind. They include activities and exercises to strengthen muscles, increase focus, and provide stimulation. The students also benefit from building relationships with their volunteers and horses.
The program was renamed in honor of William Ocker, son of Mike & Joshalyn Ocker. William started riding at The Right Path in 2009. William’s physical condition left him deaf, blind, and severely weakened in all areas. The core strength-building from riding provided drastically reduced his hospital stays. Although he was never able to walk independently, riding provided him a freedom that he loved. His love for the riders, volunteers, and horses at The Right Path is what brought the Ockers to take over daily operations.
William passed into the arms of Jesus on October 18, 2015. He is missed mightily, but his legacy continues through the love and joy spread through the William’s Walk program.
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