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Horsing Around

By
Lisa Szanyi,   Porter Co-spec Ed Lrng
Play:
All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Topics:
Community Involvement
Horsing Around
The students in my class love to interact with animals. Due the handicaps in our building, we have adjusted our gym to accommodate a pony. Here is our favorite picture of this activity.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The students here at SELF have been exposed to Pony to Pet and also are having regular visits from a therapy dog to promote friendly interaction with animals in our community.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our principal requested the animal owners to come visit us here at SELF. The pony came in for a day and the students who were able to pet and took pictures with the pony. Therapy dogs have been arranged to come for regular visits throughout the school year to decrease animal anxiety.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Some of the students feared the animals but overcame that fear. Some of our students are still very afraid of animals.