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April 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

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Riding high: Big new home for horses that help the disabled


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Occupational therapist Sarah Niwa, left, laughs with Mia Beatty, 7, as volunteer Diane Johnson, right, assists Monday at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. "It's amazing," said Mia's mom, Christine Beatty, of the progress she's seen in her daughter.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Christine Beatty with her daughters Megan, 10, left; and Mia, 7, at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond. The riding center recently moved from Woodinville to the larger 17-acre site, which gives it room to serve twice as many riders and shorten its waiting list.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mia Beatty, 7, works with occupational therapist Sarah Niwa at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond, Wash. Beatty has cerebral palsy and attends "hippotherapy" horseback riding sessions.

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