Hundreds of runners turn out for Hoof’n It Run benefiting special needs children

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Saturday was the first ever Hoof'n It Run, a 5 and 10k benefiting The Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center.

Their mission is to empower, educate and enrich the lives of Oklahoma's children with special needs and at risk youth - through equine facilitated activities in a family centered atmosphere.

Hundreds turned out to the event to show their support for the center.

The center uses eight horses to help children with special needs and at risk kids.

Organizers say the use of horses can increase the children's balance while riding, helping them grow stronger each session.

"The motion of a horse is the closest you can get to the human gate of walking," Beth Taylor, the Executive Director said.

So for most kids forced to use walkers and wheelchairs, Taylor says the time spent on a horse gives them a "freedom" they've never had.

The goal of Saturday's run was not only to provide runners with a chance to enjoy themselves, but to raise funds and awareness for the center so that children will continue to grow stronger and feel what it's like to walk without their disability.

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