Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope holds open house

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DODD CITY, TX-Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope in Dodd City held an open house Saturday to show the community what they're all about.
Six-year-old, Oscar Tally is one of hundreds of students at Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope Therapeutic Riding Center in Dodd City and he's on a mission.

"It's a great place and I would like everyone to drop the cans they drink on their porch up there at the office and that would be a big help," he said.

He has been collecting cans to help pay for his lessons and also donate a portion of it to the facility.
Hannah's Horseshoes held an open house Saturday for their students' family, friends and other members of the community where they were able to see the facilities and interact with the animals.
Kids were able to ride in the horse carts, feed the horses and even pet them!
Director Lisbeth Echeandia said she's happy with the turn out.

"I think it was fine, it was great because we had a lot of parents and relatives. And I think the only request I had is that maybe we need to do it in May instead of June because it's a little toasty," she said.

Oscar's mom, Melissa Tally, attended the event.

"We love it here, it's great for our whole family just to come and let kids all run wild, you know? He's just a different person here.," she said.

Oscar has Aspergers' syndrome--meaning he has difficulty with social interaction--and it was hard for him to express how he feels. Tally said, ever since she sent him to the facility a few months ago, she's seen progress.

"When they were just riding, he was riding with no lead and no sidewalkers. He was just following instructions and doing a super job," she said.

Echeandia, said equine therapy helps people with cognitive, physical and emotional needs.

"Our kids that ride and our adults, they really like it and it helps build muscles and helps builds balance. It certainly is empowering, confidence builder and self-esteem builder," she said.

Tally said Oscar's time at Hannah's Horseshoes not only helped him with his condition, but also taught him and his siblings important lessons.

"They've all just developed a love of animals and horses, it's also taught them to give back."


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