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11/19/03 - Lufkin

Lufkin Woman Helps Kids With Needs Through Horses

by Stuart Burson

Cody Evans was born eight weeks premature. Because of that Cody has had some problems with coordination. Along with that, there were also some problems with his self confidence. But, Cody feels right at home on a horse.

Thanks to Karen Calloway and her horses and volunteers, kids like Cody are able to work through their disabilities. The program is called "I.D.E.A.L.", Individualized Development Through Equine Assisted Learning. Calloway says it's the horses' instincts that are beneficial for the children.

"Horses are pretty interesting in that they can identify when kid's actions and emotions aren't lined up. Basically if a kid is too afraid to make a horse go, it will not go. If a kid is too forceful, a horse will refuse to corporate."

Thanks to a generous donation from the Angelina Rotary Club, the program now has new tack for about five horses, and they also donated the materials and time to build a new fence for the kids. For Cody and the other kids involved in the program, the time and effort of Karen Calloway and these Rotarians is a gift that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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