‘Cavalia’ hosts sensory tour with Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Jayna Navarro, 9, of Hollister holds her new horseshoe and plush horse.

A group from The Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired experienced the first ever hands-on sensory tour of “Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse” on Aug. 17 in San Jose. Students experienced “Cavalia” through a variety of senses including touch and sound. A spokesperson guided the group through activities that included grooming and feeding the horses, learning about horseshoes, sitting in a trick riding saddle and listening to a horse’s heartbeat. The tour ended in the warm-up tent, where students and their chaperones stood in a circle while riders rode their steeds around the group. The students were able to feel the ground quake. Each participant was sent home with a horse of his or her very own – of the fuzzy, plush variety – and a used horseshoe from one of the show’s equine stars.

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