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Princess sees how horses can help ease pain

A group of Russians who use hippotherapy to help chronically ill children shared their love of children and horses with one of Britain’s best-known mothers and equestrians today – the Princess Royal.

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Princess Anne visited the therapeutic riding school in Moscow to see techniques in action aimed at curing or easing their ailments.

At the rehabilitation centre, a Russian NGO, she watched as two children and horses went through their paces in an indoor arena, accompanied by their carers.

The children and their parents, along with staff and supporters of the charity, then spent time meeting the Princess, a lifelong equestrian who was the first member of the Royal Family to compete in an Olympics, Montreal 1976.

The Princess, who counts many equine-related charities among scores of organisations with which she is associated, also won Gold and Silver medals in a number of European Eventing Championships. The Princess’s daughter, Zara Phillips, has also followed in her mother’s footsteps, winning Silver in 2012’s London Olympics.

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Published 13 February 2014