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2010 Theme Child(ren) - The Twomey Family

posted by Denise Chasin at 2011-01-26 18:05:00


The Twomey family has been on a long adventure towards finding the magic of Personal Ponies. Twenty-five years ago, Derrill and I (Deb, the Mom) met while working with children with severe disabilities in a nursing home. We wanted to do something so that the children who might be able to grow up in a family had that chance. After getting married we started adopting children with severe physical, cognitive and health challenges. We quickly learned to care for their physical needs but couldn’t always meet their social needs.

The family grew over the years (16 in all) and there were many ups and downs.  I had horses growing up and as I suffered the deaths of some of my children, I realized that I needed a horse in my life to give me strength. I started riding again at the age of 48. The children loved my horse, but she is 16’2’’ and quite overwhelming. The children all went to school but were isolated at home with just each other to interact with. In my constant search for ways to make my children’s lives better, I came across Personal Ponies Ltd on the Internet. I immediately contacted Marianne Alexander, the founder of Personal Ponies, and the rest is history.

I am now the State Director for Personal Ponies of Maine. I have 6 of the most wonderful ponies of all ages and all personalities to not only sooth my soul, but to be best friends to all of my children.  My ponies go right to the fence when the bus stops and the wheelchairs are unloaded. The children’s first stop is always for a pony kiss before they even go inside. My youngest is 8 and too unstable to go to school, so she spends her days in the barn usually with a pony chin resting in her lap. Not only do the children now get the benefit of pony magic, they also have made many new friends through school programs visiting. When the ponies go on visits, I always take at least one of my children with me to “help”. Because of these wonderful creatures, my children now have the social community that we all need to be happy.



posted at: 2011-01-26 18:05:00, last updated: 2014-06-17 14:37:53