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Kids learn healthy coping skills, patience with equine therapy

Children First and Horse Sense of the Carolinas have worked together for the past four years to provide a camp experience that helps kids develop healthy coping skills. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

They say it feels like they're floating on air.

Children First and Horse Sense of the Carolinas have worked together for the past four years to provide a camp experience that helps kids develop healthy coping skills.

Equine specialists say the repetitive movement and the calm presence of the horses have a calming effect.

The animals help the children learn patience and control--skills they need to deal with life's up and downs.

"I've seen the kids, and as they come their confidence definitely grows," said Talia T. Aguayo Bermidez, an equine specialist.

Specialists say the horses seem to understand the children because many of the therapy animals are rescues.


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