Updated: Aug 3, 2021
wren zimmerman was diagnosed with a rare illness, of stargardt's disease, that left her partially incapable of seeing and could potentially result in her living completely without sight. in the fall of 2006 wren began to lose sight, in dec of 2006, she was told she had what can be described as, juvenile macular degeneration, a rare condition found in one of 20,000 children and teenagers. however, she decided that her dreams and passions were a bit more important and took it upon herself to not let her diagnoses impede her dreams.
amazed by her tenacity and ability to adjust once she was told that she wouldn't be able to competitively ride, "therapeutic center" horse country's very own, mcgowan, embraced her with open arms to continue her pursuit.
they've made it so that she gets to see and outline the course, giving her navigational tips by letting her know when a turn may come, some of the colors, and by counting the strides until a hurdle/jump is coming.
"..my own personal goals may blaze a trail for people to celebrate their own passions." says ms. zimmerman. she also says that most of her trust is in her horse. its her seeing eye. he sees and sense things she cannot and helps her to know when a jump is coming. she is most reliant upon her horse, who does most of the work and relays that the overall experience makes her feel as though she is flying.
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