Amputees ride horses for first time in Woodford County

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Monday morning was the first time in a long time Emily Dawson rode a horse.

"When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with bone cancer in my leg and they ultimately had to amputate my leg," Dawson said.

Emily is 18 now and just a few months ago she got her first prosthetic leg.

"I'll be able to do so much more with it than without," she said.

Monday morning at Blue Willow Farm in Versailles more than 30 amputees were given the opportunity to ride horses. Some of which were riding for the first time.

"We're trying to get the amputee who either used to ride a horse before or has never ridden a horse in their life," president of Kenney Orthopedics Mo Kenney said.

Emily Dawson says the event gave her something back that cancer had taken from her.

"Usually people wouldn't get these opportunities that have amputations because it's a lot harder to do some things," she said. "This is awesome that they're giving the opportunity to do this."

Dawson says even after cancer and losing her leg there's nothing she, or any amputee, can't do.

"Don't judge them and thing that they can't do as much as everyone else because they can and they can exactly what you can do," she said.

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