Animals are different from humans in every possible way. However, it’s almost magical how they can easily empathise with us, more importantly, with the ones with special needs. This horse is also one of those animals.
After working for 15 years with horses, Roni Nili-Abdu decided to take her 4-years-old son, Erez, to meet one gentle horse she knew. She was very anxious about it at first, given that Erez had Willians Syndrome and didn’t see how both of them would react.
To her relief, nothing as wild as her imaginations happened. In fact, when Erez went near the horse, he let him close and even kissed him on the snout. Moreover, the horse stood motionless the entire time so that the child could get comfortable and later kiss him on his foreleg.
What was even more adorable about the whole situation was that every time Erez turned away, the horse would give the most loving look, as though to ask him to stay and hug him!
According to Wikipedia, “Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body. Facial features frequently include a broad forehead, short nose and full cheeks, an appearance that has been described as “elfin”. Mild to moderate intellectual disability with particular problems with visual-spatial tasks such as drawing and fewer problems with language is typical. Those affected often have an outgoing personality and interact readily with strangers.”
What makes this video more special is the fact that people with Williams Syndrome have particular difficulty in making connections.
About the interaction, Roni said,
“I have been working with horses for 15 years and could not believe the emotional intelligence a horse has how a horse can connect with special-needs children. This is a new horse here.
My son suffers from Williams syndrome, and is one of the 150 patients with the disorder in Israel. One of the problems among patients with Williams is connecting with others properly. They are very loving and affectionate and very cordial, enjoying attention, but often do not know how to connect. The video shows the boy made initial contact with the horse and how the horse responds to the child’s curiosity with some concern but nevertheless contains it and get used to the speed and the natural movements of the child. The child seems excited about the meeting and the horse allows the child to cuddle. The horse went specifically to the child even though I was there, and he was not interested in me at all. When I got home and watched the video I realized the power of that moment of my son and the horse.
The horse followed every movement of the child, yet allowed the child to approach and contact him. When the boy hugged his leg and was close to him, the horse didn’t dare to change the angle it was standing, as if afraid to hurt him or step on the child the whole time the child was close to him. You can see the horse being attentive to the child every moment, even when it seemed he was just standing still and resting. The horse did not move his foreleg. Although it was less convenient for him. We would appreciate if you share the exciting video to promote awareness of Williams Syndrome in Israel and worldwide. Williams children are angels of love and one of them is my dear son, Erez. This is dedicated to you my boy, the boy who changed my life and made my world forever. Love you.”
Such a heartwarming story!
Watch the beautiful interaction below:
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