Local Pegasus riding program helps children with autism
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP -- Annmarie McCoy used to be afraid of horses and wouldn't go near a barn.
Now, the 19-year-old is eager to get in the saddle and grins and giggles whenever she rides her favorite horse, Jr.
In June, the Heath teen began taking lessons through the Pegasus Program, a program designed by the Licking County riding academy Edgewood Equestrian to help children on the autism spectrum.
Annmarie's mother, Teresa McCoy, has noticed the difference in her daughter.
"She's been much more confident," Teresa said. "When she is on the horse, she talks and talks."
Using the recently developed Horse Boy Method, the Pegasus Program uses the bond between horses and riders to help children with autism make connections, said Lynn Edgington, owner of Edgewood Equestrian.