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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A group of special-needs children saddled up for some fun and competition Saturday morning. 35 kids rode their horses during the annual Spring Equestrian show at the Therapeutic Riding Center.

Most of the riders in were too young to participate in the Special Olympics. Riding can improve the posture of a lot of these children, but volunteers say it also improves their social skills.

"It helps a lot of these children speak. A lot of the parents and teachers say they don't speak. They don't talk. When they come out here after four or five lessons they start to talk. And so they may not talk anywhere else, but they will talk out here," said Director, Tara Okon.

Riders were judged on their posture and how well they can control and steer their horses.

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