Just think how well you do: Paulette Moore

Paulette Moore is a child development specialist and the mother of seventeen-year-old Hayley Anne. She always thought her daughter would enjoy horseback riding. “While Hayley Anne aspires to do many things, her autism disorder and back posture issues cause her anxiety when the time comes to actually do them. Because everything is so personalized and non-judgmental at Rainbow Riders, she has no anxiety about going. And the riding is the only thing that has really worked to help her back,” adds Moore.

As important as these benefits are, the biggest change she’s noticed is in her daughter’s overall confidence. “Hayley Anne has become an engaged child who just loves to be there. And it all carries over. When she gets anxious about any challenge these days, the first thing I find myself saying is, “Just think about how well you do at Rainbow Riders!”

Paulette wants other children to reap the benefits her daughter has and regularly refers her clients to Rainbow Riders. But capacity is very limited. “A new riding centre,” she says, “would provide more kids with longer terms of programming. That consistency would make a tremendous difference in the lives of children with autism in Newfoundland and Labrador.”