Jan Clifford says she uses "the power of the horse" to help kids and adults with disabilities.
Colfax -- Many people have passions and hobbies but few are fortunate enough to be able to make a career out of them. At best, we look forward to them after we finish our 'real' job at the end of the day. Jan Clifford combined her passions for horses and people and created Horsepower, a program which uses therapy horses to work with people with disabilities.
"It's amazing. I tell everybody I get up with the best job in the world. It's what everybody wants in their life is to feel like they're accomplishing something. I get to be part of something that's making it a better world", says Clifford.
You may wonder just what difference a horse can make. Clifford says, "I think they (the kids) see their horses as their friends. I've seen some of the pictures the kids have drawn of the horses... they call them their best friends and they get to see them as a way of getting past something".
According to Clifford, kids who were unable to speak or walk made great advances after spending time with the horses. She said there's no way to prove it but parents say there is just no other explanation.
Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center has been an non-profit organization in the Triad since 1995. In that time, they have served over 5,000 people. If you would like to know more about Horsepower, check out their website or give them a call at (336) 931-1424.