87-Year-Old Woman With Parkinson's Disease Gets Final Horse Ride

Horses were Nelly Jacobs’ life. But she gave up riding 30 years ago, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now 87 years old, Jacobs struggles with communication and basic tasks, and is restricted to a wheelchair at the nursing home where she lives in the Netherlands. Recently, a group called Hidden Desires helped her go for one last horseback ride, fulfilling her final wish. A local riding school was able to create a special harness so Jacobs could be placed on the backs of two horses, and safely experience the feeling of being on a horse’s back one more time. In a touching video, Jacobs can be seen smiling seconds after the ride begins. — Read it at People Pets


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