Terry has many interests; he enjoys sports, playing Special Olympics, going to work each day and Disney. Animals of any shape, size and color were never something he was interested in or wanted to be around. Terry's brother, Tim, recalls that when Terry was a child, even a bird could fly by and Terry would become frightened. Tim further recounts that any size dog also posed a threat and other big animals, like horses, were definitely a "No-No" in Terry's book. This continued until Terry was 13 going on 14 and then he started to tolerate dogs and other small animals; but Tim never thought that Terry would ever be comfortable with bigger animals to get close to one.
In the Spring of 2011, Terry was asked if he wanted to participate in a Therapeutic Riding Program that some of his housemates were already participating in. Terry currently lives with five other individuals in one of the eight residential group homes overseen by Favarh. At the time Favarh staff were not aware of Terry's previous fear of animals. However, Terry agreed to try the program and as you can see from the picture...He Loves It!!!
Terry is in his 3rd year participating in the Therapeutic Riding Program at SpiritHorse in Canton Connecticut. The session runs from May until October in which Terry participates every other week for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Terry's time spent at SpiritHorse has been so enjoyable for him, he also goes to a Dude Ranch in the fall and has been for the past 3 years.
Terry's story is seen as overcoming one's fears and trying new experiences. However, it also shows that it is never too late to find enjoyment in life or a new passion. I challenge you all to be more like Terry, go out and try new things (even things that may have frightened you in the past) and be open to new experiences. No matter where we are in our lives, there is always the opportunity to find our new passion.
Terry found his new passion in the saddle...where will you find yours?