May 29, 2006
Shatner: Horses Can Help Disabled Kids
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 4:47 p.m. ET
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The captain who dared to ''boldly go where no man has gone before'' has targeted a new destination: William Shatner believes he can contribute to Middle East peace by helping disabled children through horseback riding.
The former ''Star Trek'' actor was in Israel on Monday to promote ''therapeutic riding.'' He hopes to raise $10 million for nearly 30 riding programs in the country.
Shatner said that placing injured people on horseback has been shown to improve their conditions. ''We know that the use of a horse in their therapy takes them beyond their handicapped body, their injured body, and into another area of health,'' he said.
Helping Disabled Kids
You know what helps disabled kids more than horses? Real job skills like typing, computers and learning how to pound a nail. Look how far knowing how to ride a horse got Paris Hilton.