Egyptians use horses to help children

This Egyptian riding club provides classes

to children with special educational needs

Location: Cairo, Egypt

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOTHER OF MAHMOUD, A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME, MANAR MOUNIR, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE SHOWING MOUNIR STANDING NEXT TO HER SON MAHMOUD)

"Before this, he hated going to training. We used to get into fights, and he would say he doesn't want or won't go. He didn't have the patience or flexibility to do anything. Since he started horseback riding, he wants to go every time, and even though it is early in the morning and he doesn't like getting up early, he still gets up and goes. He gets up and says, 'Yes, l want to go.' So this is definitely great for us. We are happy to see him enjoy something specific."

The program was inspired by a recent study

which suggests that a combination of horseback riding and brain-building activities

may help children diagnosed with autism and ADHD

Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science