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Book Review: Little Victories

A True Story of the Healing Power of Horses.

June 01, 2020

True story in 1974 in Chardon, Ohio, the wood and metal roof of an indoor riding arena collapsed on Betty Weibel. It was weighed down with heavy snow when it collapsed on horse trainer.

The accident left Debbie a paraplegic and derailed her plans of working on a ranch and giving riding lessons. The road to rehabilitation, both physically and emotionally, would prove to be long and difficult. Through it all, the dream of a career working with horses never left her. Little Victories: A True Story of the Healing Power of Horses by Betty Weibel is an inspiring tale of Gadus’ fight back from tragedy to promise. In Little Victories, Weibel explains the importance of Gadus’ drive to live out the idea coined by Francis of Assisi, “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

While attending a class on riding for the handicapped at Lake Erie College’s Equestrian Center in 1977. Gadus realized her goal in life was still possible. From Lake Erie College, she enrolled at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. With the help of amazing instructors, Gadus learned to how to ride again and to improve her condition. She went on to become the manager of the Raemelton Therapeutic Riding Center in Mansfield, Ohio, and from her wheelchair, teaches children the importance of focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities.

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