Marine Corps League donates therapeutic horse to SLC

Rick Fechtel steadies Special Learning Center student Jaylyn Glaze as she rocks on “Chesty Puller,”  a therapeutic mechanical horse. Fechtel, Dave Schulte (right) and other members of the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corps League, presented the horse Monday to the Special Learning Center.

Rick Fechtel steadies Special Learning Center student Jaylyn Glaze as she rocks on “Chesty Puller,” a therapeutic mechanical horse. Fechtel, Dave Schulte (right) and other members of the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corps League, presented the horse Monday to the Special Learning Center. Photo by Julie Smith.

With the help of a few Marines, children at the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City now have a new tool for daily therapy.

Chester “Chesty” Puller is an Equicizer and Equipony therapeutic riding horse.

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The device mimics a real horse’s gait, which helps with muscle development, balance and more in a host of children with different conditions.

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