We’d like to tell you about Dani. Dani is one of the first to have benefitted from our Donkey Assisted Therapy Programme at Córdoba since it started almost 5 years ago now. He is a nice young man who loves donkeys so much he managed to fulfil a dream of his.
When Dani, who has Down Syndrome, joined the programme he was 15 years old, but he was seriously overweight. This was a real handicap as he could not ride the donkeys, even though he could join the programme and groom them as well as help other children out. But Dani’s dream was being able to ride as smaller children and young adults did. Two years later, he decided it was time to take some action, and so he did! It took a lot of time and effort from him, and lots of love and encouragement from his parents, to lose the much dreaded (and dangerous for his health) weight. But he managed to pull through until he has finally achieved his goal!
Dani, now 20, is a lot healthier, and his dream has been fulfilled: he can ride the donkeys! His determination and willpower should be an encouragement for all of us; everything is possible if we put our love, passion and effort (and sometimes a donkey or two) into our dreams. Well done Dani! We hope you keep on enjoying your riding sessions for many years to come!