Lean on me: Judd the miniature horse and Tyler Cribbs find friendship over a shared disability
10/07/2013 at 07:30 PM EDT
Nothing brings two individuals together like common ground – and that's exactly what happened in the case of miniature horse Judd and Tyler Cribbs.
Judd was born at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association in Grantville, Pa., two months ago with a condition that prevents him from supporting his own weight without splints. The association offers horseback riding as therapy to patients with disabilities, but in the case of Judd, the organization was faced with an opportunity to do the opposite.
"It's our turn to give therapy back," CATRA's Ben Nolt told local station WHTM
, adding, "There are horses who have had this in the past and recovered normally. We're sort of a wait and see."
While undergoing physical therapy, Judd has become an inspiration to local children, like Cribbs, who also requires splints to stand.
"[Judd] uses them the same way Tyler uses them to strengthen his legs," said his mother, Heather Cribbs. "For Tyler to have an animal that is akin to him, it helps him want to do better because he sees the animal strengthened by the braces."
Though CATRA is committed to helping Judd recover, the cost of his care, which ranges from X-rays to bandage changes, is growing day by day. For those interested in lending a hand, click here
to visit the donation page for Judd's treatment.