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Meet Bear and Ethan. Bear (the horse) was severely abused before being rehabilitated by Opening Gates, an organization that uses horses to facilitate mental health counseling. Bear rejected people if they were too loud or too hyper; so when Ethan, a little boy with ADHD, was introduced to Bear, Ethan had to learn to control his emotions and refrain from outbursts to bond with the horse. 

Opening Gates works with kids  with  behavioral issues like Ethan by pairing them with therapy horses like Bear. According to a press release from Opening Gates, just ten weeks after beginning work with Bear, Ethan is excelling in school, and learning to better control his behavior and emotions. 

Ethan and Bear will be at the Valvoline  Instant Oil Change Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana (2514 Allison Lane) on Wednesday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon, demonstrating some horse therapy tasks.

For each oil change bought at five locations in the Louisville area, including the Jeffersonville location, Valvoline Instant Oil Change will “pony up” $10 to support Opening Gates. The five area locations participating are: 

-          2514 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville, Ind.;

-          154 Franks Drive, Madison, Ind.;

-          1220 Old Ekron Road, Brandenburg, Ky.;

-          3721 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Ind.; and

          -          1861 Gardner Lane NW, Corydon, Ind.

Their goal is to raise $3,000 for Opening Gates to help buy a shed that will provide shelter for the horses, and additional space for kids and horses to perform therapy tasks. Money raised will also help treat Ethan and his family to a day at the Kentucky Derby.

So help support Opening Gates, Ethan, and Bear tomorrow by getting the oil change you probably need. 

Photo courtesy of Opening Gates.

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