Showing horses is like therapy


Lauren Eissler | Greene County News Hannah Asbury stands with her horse Blue. She’s been showing him for the past two years and got into showing because she loves animals. Hannah Asbury and Blue stand before the judge during the Novice Western Showmanship round.


By Lauren Eissler

For Greene County News

XENIA — Ten-year-old Hannah Asbury has been showing horses for a couple years now, but there’s more to it for her than just enjoying it.

This Fairborn girl does have fun and enjoys showing her horse Blue (who they sometimes call Eeyore because he loves to sleep), but her mom said that working with Blue is also like therapy for her.

“It helps with concentration and with schooling, which is a good thing,” said Hannah’s mom, Belinda Asbury. “It’s honestly therapy for her. With her attention deficit disorder and defiance – we’ve hardly seen anything in two years. It’s been great therapy. She has to concentrate, or she’ll get hurt. And she knows that.”

Hannah started showing for a couple reasons: she loves animals, her mom thought she’d enjoy it, and her mom missed being involved with showing horses.

But when Hannah was asked how she got interested in showing, Hannah just pointed at Blue and said, “Him.”

And Belinda said that Blue is the best thing she ever spent her money on.

“He just takes care of her because safety is more than anything,” she said. “He just slows down when there’s a kid on him and takes care of her.”

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Lauren Eissler | Greene County News Hannah Asbury stands with her horse Blue. She’s been showing him for the past two years and got into showing because she loves animals. Hannah Asbury and Blue stand before the judge during the Novice Western Showmanship round.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Hannah.jpgLauren Eissler | Greene County News Hannah Asbury stands with her horse Blue. She’s been showing him for the past two years and got into showing because she loves animals. Hannah Asbury and Blue stand before the judge during the Novice Western Showmanship round.
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