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Horses are heroes

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In the old days, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were the heroes but today at Ride to Walk, horses are the heroes. Scientific studies (as early as the 1600s) have proven that people who are dealing with neurological problems can be helped by riding horses. Doctors have learned that horses produce movement that mimics human mobility – especially walking. Therapeutic horseback riding offers the rider the opportunity to increase flexibility, balance and muscle strength – all critical factors for those dealing with neurological trauma. One of the leaders expressed his reason for being involved, “We want to give children the opportunity to be all they can be.” In 1985, Dr. Kristine Corn founded Ride to Walk with the intention of serving children and young adults in Lincoln and the Placer County area who have neurological disabilities – including those who have experienced a stroke or are struggling with cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy or other neurological trauma. Ride to Walk” is open Wednesday through Saturday (check rideto walk.org for hours) and welcomes visitors to see the program in action. This Lincoln-based organization has grown (in spite of the loss of government funding) and that growth is largely due to the volunteer force that serves these children. Doc Livingston manages the program and has high praise for the people who donate so much time. He indicated that without the volunteers, they could not offer the programs they do. With a smile, Doc mentioned that they could use more help in the stables, walking with the rider, leading the horse and other critical volunteer positions. Again, check the Web site to find out how you can volunteer. To help offset the loss of funds, Lincoln Hills Community Church is hosting a charity golf tournament on Monday, May 3 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course that will benefit “Ride to Walk.” People interested in playing and helping to support “Ride to Walk” can call Bob McCollum at 408-0621 or Bill Barnes at 434-8227. Rodger Oswald, Lincoln