Horse Therapy Helping Cerebral Palsy Patients Walk

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

Thirty-one year old Aaron Rousseau was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and was told he would never walk, but since infancy, he has been using Equine Therapy to gain back control of his legs.

"It just did wonders for him. It opened up his legs, got back his balance. Visually it was really important to him, and it was fun. It was something he liked to do because he really resisted the traditional therapy because it was boring and painful," said Marilyn Rousseau, mother of Aaron.

Desert Edge Therapy, is a non-for-profit equine center in Palisade that has been working with Aaron for the past year. At the center, therapists use the horses to teach balance and coordination which prepares the patients to sit upright and eventually walk.

Aaron's mother said his doctors are convinced he is walking because of the Equine Therapy.

If you would like to know more about Desert Edge Therapy contact Maria Frascati, Coordinator of the program at (970) 464-5274 or visit their website at

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