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Hippotherapy – horses bring movement and smiles to children with disabilities

It was just fabulous to catch up with Angela Torsch of Hippotherapy North Northumberland again today on Radio Lionheart. Last season 23 families and their children benefitted from the expertise of Angela and her team of volunteers. If you know anyone who might be interested in signing up for hippotherapy sessions starting on 7th April 2017 then let them know because they need to get in touch with the team now.

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Angela Torsch is a petite dynamo of a woman. Words tumble from her with amazing rapidity and fierce focus as she explains the methods, benefits and joys of hippotherapy – a horseback-based physiotherapy which, Angela asserts, has a radical impact on the lives of children with special needs and their families.

At Townfoot Stables in Shilbottle near Alnwick it is immediately evident how much the club means to its members. Theresa is a tiny girl with limited speech and poor physical stability. On the horse, she smiles and laughs as Angela and her volunteers lead her round the indoor arena. Theresa decides which of the colourful pictures of animals – upcycled by Angela from discarded cupboard doors and stickers – the group should head towards. Theresa’s mother says, “It’s really strengthened her core muscles. At first she collapsed forwards on the horse but now – look at her posture!” It’s…

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