Animal therapy is a great way to help people with different disorders have a peaceful and comforting connection. For this little boy with Williams syndrome, interacting with a horse helped make him more comfortable. Here is how one of his parents described his experience:
“I have been working with horses for 15 years and could not believe the emotional intelligence a horse has how a horse can connect with special-needs children.
My son suffers from Williams syndrome, and is one of the 150 patients with the disorder in Israel. One of the problems among patients with Williams is connecting with others properly.They are very loving and affectionate and very cordial, enjoying attention, but often do not know how to connect.
The video shows the boy made initial contact with the horse and how the horse responds to the child’s curiosity with some concern but nevertheless contains it and get used to the speed and the natural movements of the child. The child seems excited about the meeting and the horse allows the child to cuddle. The horse went specifically to the child even though I was there, and he was not interested in me at all.
When I got home and watched the video I realized the power of that moment of my son and the horse. The horse followed every movement of the child, yet allowed the child to approach and contact him. When the boy hugged his leg and was close to him, the horse didn’t dare to change the angle it was standing, as if afraid to hurt him or step on the child the whole time the child was close to him. You can see the horse being attentive to the child every moment, even when it seemed he was just standing still and resting. The horse did not move his foreleg Although it was less convenient for him. We would appreciate if you share the exciting video to promote awareness of Williams Syndrome in Israel and worldwide. Williams children are angels of love and one of them is my dear son, Erez. This is dedicated to you my boy, the boy who changed my life and made my world forever. Love you.”