Support for the Whole Family
Semaj Bullock, a six-year-old Happy Hooves rider, has been part of the program for a year and a half now. He finds enjoyment in riding out of his love for horses and the connection he has made with several of the animals, especially Tonka and Rebecca. He specifically likes Tonka's kind demeanor and feeding Rebecca peppermints!
Semaj's experience has helped him in ways other than the natural therapeutic elements of interacting with animals. "Riding horses has helped me learn it is good to help others," says Semaj.
His parents, Donny and Allison Bullock, remark that Semaj is an incredibly fun-loving and energetic child, despite his struggles with autism and his coordination impairment. They have been impressed with his connection with the horses, and the attention and care he receives from the volunteers at Happy Hooves.
Happy Hooves is top-notch as are their volunteers. Everyone cares about our child and his development. The continued interest in Semaj means the world to our family." His parents have also noted that the therapy has brought marked improvement in his everyday life and the social and developmental struggles brought on by his autism.
"He has the best smile that we see all week," said his mother. "I asked Semaj what his favorite part of horseback riding was and he said, 'I do good.' I paused to reflect on these three simple words. He was telling me he feels successful."
Semaj's story is one of many that take place at Eden Farms, and a perfect example of the work we hope to continue to do in the future.