Gaining confidence, skills, with horse therapy

Special needs young adults learn at local nonprofit

NEIGH-SAYERS—One of the volunteer youth, a Westlake resident, Phil, at right, keeps Freddy the horse steady while a participant grooms him during ELSA’s Ranch Skills class. Courtesy photo

Susan Carr has always loved horses. She started riding as a girl, and now she’s taken that love and turned it into a job.

Carr is the founder and president of ELSA, or Experience Learning Support with Animals, a Calabasas-based nonprofit organization that uses horses as therapy animals. ELSA works with yo...

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