Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
We are nominating Chrissy for the Horse Welfare Award because she embodies the horse and human connection that truly changes lives. Chrissy has been in our program for 13 years. She is used in Physical, Speech and Occupational therapy with Licensed Therapist as well as adaptive riding sessions with certified instructors. Chrissy has been our go to horse for our most involved riders for many years. Last year Chrissy suffered a severe colic that needed surgery. Chrissy’s community came together donating to fund her surgery and recovery, one of her participants even brought their entire piggy bank to donate to Chrissy’s care. We are so thrilled with Chrissy’s recovery and happy to report that she is back in lessons. On Monday’s Chrissy works with a nonverbal young man. Some days the participant struggles with keeping his helmet on and staying on the horse, if the participant has to dismount in order to put his helmet back on Chrissy gently whinny’s to him, clearly communicating “come on we’ve got this, let’s go for a ride.” She truly is changing lives every day. We would love to be able to support Chrissy’s hocks and digestive system with Platinum Performance GI as she continues to support the community she loves so greatly.
Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Maryland Therapeutic Riding has owned Chrissy for the last 13 years. Chrissy came to MTR from a western background. After deciding she no longer enjoyed the job of a Western Pleasure horse she came to MTR to be apart of our Therapeutic Riding program. -- Kelly Rodgers