“Being raised with horses, I grew to understand their love and behavior. Most of all, I learned what a horse can bring to a child’s small world.”
Lynn grew up just out of Detroit, MI where she learned about horses and grooming from her grandparents who raised, trained and raced Standardbreds. Lynn loved going to the track and watching her grandfather race as much as possible. She learned a lot about life and patience when it came to partnering with twelve hundred pound animals.
When she was about ten years old, she convinced her mom to let her take English riding lessons and attended local shows.
At twenty years old, Lynn had a son who they named Dustin. They did not find out that he had Down Syndrome until he was born; all of the tests performed were negative for abnormalities. The doctors recommended that, because of her age, she should give up her son for adoption. Lynn says she did a lot of crying, being angry, and wondering “why,” as she suspects a lot of new mothers do.
Dustin has fought through many challenges in his short life. He stopped breathing at home, had open heart surgery, medication to keep his heart pumping, multiple ear tubes, RSV, phenomena and bronchitis every year, and genetic counseling. But, Dustin has been her greatest teacher. He is an amazing boy who faces every thing in life with a smile and knows no stranger. We as a society could learn a lot from these kids.
In 2007, Lynn was working towards a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development and Dustin became very ill. He had pneumonia.
Again. He was in an oxygen tent, and on an air tube for a full week.
She had decided to quit her desk job and to follow her dream of running a Therapeutic riding center. Now, as a single mom of 2 boys, the program is expanding to also offer EAP and EAL. Lynn is a big believer in changing your path if you are not happy with your life, and the fact that you are never to old to follow your dream.
Lynn is certified through EAGALA for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, certified as an Equine Special Olympics Coach for the state of Georgia and has a certificate in HorseWork through Strides to Success. Lynn is the lead Therapeutic horseback riding instructor here with over a decade of hands on special needs experience, life long horse experience and also owns and runs the facility.