Therapy horse healing from his own trauma

ROSE CITY, TEXAS - Stable Spirit is a non-profit in Rose City, Texas near Beaumont that provides all types of therapy including hippotherapy for children with disabilities. But the clients are not the only ones overcoming difficulties.

Part of the magic of Stable Spirit lies with the horses, all of which have been rescued or adopted, nurtured back to health and taught that people actually can be trusted.

CD is one of those horses. The 27-year-old quarter horse was on loan to Stable Spirit when he had an accident.  Executive Director of Stable Spirit, Katie Durio explains, "Something poked in his eye. We think it might've been a piece of straw or something like that. It could have been a branch. We don't know."

The vet and volunteers at Stable Spirit treated the wound, but it did not get better. Durio says, "And so by January, he (the veterinarian) realizes he needed to take the eye because it was actually deteriorating."

But CD's spirit did not deteriorate, even though he had to make adjustments to his new situation. Durio says, "Horses do see different objects. So he really had to adjust to learned that he could not see on the left side."

In the Spring, 12News was shooting another story and one of the clients CD had been working with, was on another horse. CD was in a paddock next to the arena and he actually kicked a panel of the fence off. Durio says, "As we see it, I want to work. I'm ready to go back and that very next week, we put him back to work and put the kids back on him and he's in his element. He is just loving being back to work doing his job; what he's supposed to be."

The horse bonds with all his clients like five-year-old Brianna Loftin who has epilepsy. She has been coming to Stable Spirit for two months and her mother has seen a vast improvement.

Kimberly Loftin explains the difference saying, "Anything a little stressful can make her have seizures and when we started coming out here, they have dropped off as maybe once every three weeks, instead of three or four times a week she was having seizures."

As Durio explains, the bonds between the children and CD are undeniable, "Immediately that child starts bonding and being caring and just so much more nurturing because it's like they understand that horse understands what they've been through."

CD shows the children something else too, Durio says, "You can still be useful and you can still have a lot of purpose no matter what."

CD currently works with seven clients.  Stable Spirit currently has 15 horses including CD and nine of them are working with a total of 27 clients.

For more information about Stable Spirit, click here.

Courtesy KBMT-TV.