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Volunteers from Riding for Dreams help a rider prepare for his therapeutic horseback ride. Photos special to The Forum

Horse program a haven for special-needs kids

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Sitting still isn't easy for Cade Brademeyer.

"We call him our little shark. He's in constant motion," said Missy Brademeyer, mother of Cade, an 11-year-old with apraxia and autism.

The shark finally relaxes when he mounts a horse. That's when Cade's attention focuses on the animal and all the typical distractions fade to the background.

"We almost think he could fall asleep riding a horse," his mother said.

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