Stride Ahead Inc., a group that specializes in equine-assisted therapies, just received a mechanical exercise horse named Wallee. The horse was officially welcomed last Sunday to Little Creek Farm, located across from Noth DeKalb Mall on Lawrenceville Highway.
“Research is showing that using horses provides extraordinary results in a wide range of physical and emotional therapies, as well as in emotional development and team building,” said Anne Preston, director of Stride Ahead. “Interest in Equine Assisted Therapy is surging as extraordinary results are reported from around the country.”
Here's part of the press release by Ali Valin of Stride Ahead:
"Wallee is an unusual horse. He doesn’t eat oats or graze in the pasture. In fact, he’s not a real horse at all—he’s an Equicizer. Equicizers (www.equicizer.com) are the creation of Eclipse Award winning jockey and inventor Frank Lovato, Jr. Equicizer is the No. 1 brand of mechanical horse world-wide.
Each Equicizer is custom-built to exacting specifications. Wallee was built to fit the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Wallee’s riders will increase their strength, stability, flexibility, balance, confidence and over all well-being in a safe, controlled manner.
Wallee’s construction was made possible by a generous grant from the Eveland Family Foundation, Inc. in memory of Barbara B. Eveland. He’s named in honor of Pixar’s little robot with a big heart, WALL-E. Like his namesake, Wallee is warm and friendly in appearance and incredibly strong.
He joins the team of therapy horses based at Little Creek Farm (www.littlecreekfarmconservancy.org), located at 2057 Lawrenceville Highway in Dekalb County."