During a pause in his group's riding lesson at Dream Catchers, Aaron, 19, reached down and gently patted Gracie, the massive white horse upon which he sat. It was a quiet moment, gone the next instant.
At Dream Catchers, a therapeutic riding center, the quiet moments speak volumes. Smiles lighting up faces. Words uttered. Movements made.
"There are small miracles that happen all the time," said development director Terry Jacoby.
Located in Toano, Dream Catchers serves children and adults with special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Aaron and five other students from a special education class at Lafayette High School are...