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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wheel Chair Users Ride Horses

Nana's House, based in Tokyo, Japan, holds horse-riding gatherings for children and disabled people.

To help a disabled person get on a horse, group members have been lifting him or her onto the saddle while standing on empty beer crates. But disabled people are prone to lose their balance and fall, and the heavy lifting also strains the backs of their able-bodied helpers.

Nana's House developed a mounting ramp two years ago, but they stopped using it because it took five or six hours to assemble. So they built a new ramp that fits onto the bed of a mini truck so wheelchair users can enjoy the sport more easily and safely.

As the ramp on the truck bed is at saddle level, group members can move a disabled person from the wheelchair to a horse safely.

Horse riding not only improves disabled people's physical strength, but also has the therapeutic benefit associated with touching animals.

Source: Yomiuri Newspaper, 2007-09-24

It is very good for disabled people to enjoy a better quality of life through horse-riding, but there is something still better!

Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:

but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

All the Japanese need to know that there is a true God who can meet their needs in every way whether they are in good health or challenges from day to day living.

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