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Horses help disabled children gain strength, confidence



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The transformation occurs even before the horses are brought out.

Shelby Wimmenauer can’t say more than about five phrases to communicate with others. A heart problem as a child left her in a coma for three years, and when she awoke, she had lost the ability to walk, see and talk.

But when she’s helped into the saddle at Meadowstone Therapeutic Riding Center south of Franklin, 16-year-old Shelby is a new person.

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