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Exploring Horse Therapy with Lynn Petr

Lynn Petr, founder of Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, shared her inspiring journey in blending her love for horses with her passion for helping children, particularly those with disabilities. Lynn’s story begins in the 1970s, at a time when the concept of human-animal therapy was still quite foreign, where Lynn found her calling amidst horse camps and dreams of helping children.

She recounted a pivotal moment at a Kentucky horse camp, where a young girl, initially vibrant and cheerful, gradually became withdrawn and unhappy. It was only when the girl sought solace with her favorite horse that Lynn realized the profound connection between humans and animals. This interaction sparked a determination in Lynn to pursue a career that married her love for horses and her desire to aid children.

Her story is a testament to the powerful bond between horses and humans and underscores the immense therapeutic potential of this relationship.

Watch or listen to Lynn's episode below! 

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