Horse therapy charity praised by Scottish minister

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The Scottish minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell has praised the efforts of a horse therapy charity.

Stable Life in Selkirk is a charity that uses horses to provide therapy for young people with behaviour or confidence difficulties.

Speaking to ITV, Ms Campbell said it would be good to see the work achieved by the charity replicated elsewhere across the country, remarking on the innovative methods used.

Horse therapy, as the charity demonstrates, is just one example of how the animals can offer many benefits if they are properly cared for.

Margaret Powell from Stable Life said: "They can also be very comforting for some young people, they can get a cuddle, and horses accept young people for who they are, no matter what their background is."

She added horses can also help encourage self-esteem and confidence, as well as help improve life skills.

The charity was originally called Gala Youth Project but changed to Stable Life after the launch of its specialist riding school.

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