Horses Spur Healing in Therapeutic Program for Kids with Behavioral Issues
Last school year, Jacob Souders was a 12-year-old sixth-grader whose mother didn't know how to keep him under control. He was always getting in trouble, acting out and trying to beat people up. He was diagnosed with a mental health disorder and needed behavioral help. Jacob entered the residential program offered by Cincinnati Children's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where a recreational therapy program has helped turn him around. Actually, a horse named Sky deserves part of the credit. Brushing Sky, cleaning her hooves and learning to walk and ride her taught Jacob a little about horses and a lot about himself. This is Jacob's story.