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Samantha Toomey, an equine manager at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, helps Dan Mohl put his riding helment on before his lesson.

Hope thrives on horseback for East County resident

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Samantha Toomey, an equine manager at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, helps Dan Mohl put his riding helment on before his lesson.

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SMART volunteers Corinne Adams and Megan Jones help equine manager Samantha Toomey lift Dan Mohl onto a horse for his riding session.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

SMART volunteers Corinne Adams and Megan Jones help equine manager Samantha Toomey lift Dan Mohl onto a horse for his riding session.

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Volunteer Megan Jones holds onto Gallagher the horse while volunteer Corinne Adams and equine manager Samantha Toomey help Dan Mohl get into his saddle.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Volunteer Megan Jones holds onto Gallagher the horse while volunteer Corinne Adams and equine manager Samantha Toomey help Dan Mohl get into his saddle.

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Dan Mohl gets adjusted in the saddle with the help of Samantha Toomey, an equine manager at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Mohl must use a lift because he's paralyzed on the left side of his body.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Dan Mohl gets adjusted in the saddle with the help of Samantha Toomey, an equine manager at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. Mohl must use a lift because he's paralyzed on the left side of his body.

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Dan Mohl enjoys his first lesson at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy he's had since the pandemic began. Mohl hasn't been able to leave his assisted living facility to ride in at least five months.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Dan Mohl enjoys his first lesson at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy he's had since the pandemic began. Mohl hasn't been able to leave his assisted living facility to ride in at least five months.

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Dan Mohl shows love to Gallagher, the horse he's riding for his first lesson back at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy since the pandemic began. "You're a good boy," Mohl says.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Dan Mohl shows love to Gallagher, the horse he's riding for his first lesson back at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy since the pandemic began. "You're a good boy," Mohl says.

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Megan Jones, a volunteer for the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, helps guide Gallagher as Dan Mohl rides.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Megan Jones, a volunteer for the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, helps guide Gallagher as Dan Mohl rides.

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Dan Mohl gives Gallagher treats. Mohl has been riding horses since he was 12 years old and hopes to compete at the paralympics some day.

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020 |

Dan Mohl gives Gallagher treats. Mohl has been riding horses since he was 12 years old and hopes to compete at the paralympics some day.

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