“Trotting His Way Through Therapy”
By Gisèle Moore-Huber
When Jane Nesmith first told our Professional Writing class that we would be working closely with a non-profit, I did not imagine that it would turn into the experience that it has. All of the class is split up into groups covering different writing and media projects for Miracles in Motion, a non-profit Therapeutic Equestrian Center– they use horse therapy to help people with disabilities build up strength, courage, and confidence. My group, consisting of Rami Amr and I, are undertaking the photography and brochure side of the project. So far we have made two trips there.
My most recent visit at Miracles in Motion was by far the most exciting. Normally when we go to take photos we have to stay outside of the arena for safety reasons, especially when there are group lessons taking place; however, this time, since the lessons were private we were able to enter the arena, and take photos alongside the students.
It was such a great experience being able to hear a student cracking jokes about how instead of walking the horse around the obstacles he wanted to “trot” the horse through. Every time he went around a bend he’d shout to his horse, “Trot! Trot! Trot!” and then end in a fit of giggles. It was awesome seeing the kids so excited to get on the horses, whether they were riding backwards or having to ride on their hands and knees (quite the feat!).
After the classes finished, Katrina, the Program director and horse caretaker, led Rami and I to the field where the horses were roaming free. Photography has always been a hobby of mine, and I got a lot of great pictures of the horses. I was even able to snap a picture of Katrina’s cat lounging on one of the horses
Even after this class is over, I will most definitely continue to help out with this organization. The members are dedicated, the horses are loving, and the students are so kind. It is very easy to get involved, and I highly encourage others to do so! Horse experience is not necessary for all volunteering positions. More information on volunteering can be found at the Miracles in Motion website:http://www.miraclesinmotion.net, or by contacting the organization at their office number: 319-857-4141. I would also be more than willing to answer any questions or drive over with someone to their facility in Swisher, IA.