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Rosewood Ranch advances children’s abilities with horse therapy

Derek Grabast is flanked by Rosewood Ranch instructor Malinda Suppes, left, and his mother Brenda. Also pictured with Derek is his favorite and most trusted horse, Ozzy. “By Wednesday, Derek is in full-blown horse mode and it’s stuck in his head until he rides on Friday,” said Brenda.

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Weslie Jones appears disconnected from the world happening around her. The Great Bend High School student lives her young life with severe autism and she suffers from seizures, which are caused by her disorder. It’s a vicious cycle for the 17-year-old because with increased seizure activity, which she has suffered through recently, Weslie becomes even more withdrawn.
“After her cluster seizures she doesn’t notice us, she doesn’t speak to us, she sits and does her thing,” explained Weslie’s mother, Anna.
Hope is not lost, however. Anna has found a unique way to pull her daughter from ...

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