- Samuel (not his real name) was found abandoned under a bridge as a baby
- He was placed in foster care but unfortunately ended up being shy as a result of bullying
- Luckily, he has received animal-assisted therapy that has restored his confidence and happiness
A baby who was found abandoned and left for dead under a bridge is now a happy and confident boy thanks to animal-assisted therapy.
Samuel (not his real name in order to protect his identity) was placed in foster care after being rescued, Briefly.co.za learned.
However, he ended up being shy as a result of bullying from other kids. He was also born with low muscle tone, Good Things Guy reports. This affected his ability to engage in physical play.
Samuel's below-average IQ further affected his confidence. Fortunately, his life changed for the better when he was enrolled for the Amado Animal-Assisted Therapy Programme in 2015.
Slowly but surely, he overcame his initial fear of horses and developed a special bond with them. The programme is based in Paarl, Western Cape.
Remarkably, this had an effect on how the young boy related to other kids. He became more confident, happier, and is now able to stand up to bullies.
The once-shy little boy is now popular among his peers. Estelle Joseph, Assistant Therapist at Amado, said it was delightful to see how Samuel's bond with horses transformed him.
M’lani Basson, Owner of Amado, agreed:
Amado is a place where children are allowed to be themselves. We strive to inspire and lift those with special needs back into the saddle of life, with the healing power of horses.
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