NW Helping Hands: Horses at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center change lives

NW Helping Hands: Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Click the picture above to listen to Herb Weisbaum’s story on this charity.

It's a magical bond that takes place between a horse and rider. The horses at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond change the lives of people with disabilities one stride at a time.

Riding can transform someone's mind, body and outlook on life.

“Horses have this really great movement that helps people improve their core function, just by sitting on a horse,” said Paula Del Giudice, Little Bit’s executive director. "It's a real blessing to be there and to watch all the many changes that our riders and patients undergo.”

This life-changing therapy is expensive. It costs about $14,000 a year just to feed and care for a horse, and they have 26 of them at Little Bit.

"So, it takes a community to provide these services,” Del Giudice said.

To volunteer, donate or learn more go to: LittleBit.org.

Click the picture above to hear the audio.

NW Helping Hands: The holiday season is a time to think about the less fortunate in our community. During this Season of Giving, KOMO News is highlighting a dozen local charities that are making a difference. Please check back here for weekly updates.

There are literally thousands of other wonderful non-profits in the Northwest that are doing great things every day.

If you know about non-profits that need support, I encourage you to share their information with others.

A word of caution: Before you give to any new charity, it’s smart to check them out to make sure they are legitimate, licensed to solicit donations in Washington and will use your money wisely. You can do that by going to: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Washington Secretary of State (Check to see if a charity is registered to solicit in this state) and Charity Navigator (a charity that rates non-profits).

NW Helping Hands is presented by John L. Scott Foundation, supporting children’s healthcare and WSECU, the credit union for Washington.

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