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Anna Collette, who has muscular dystrophy, has found courage riding her OTTB Dewey.

Wheelchair-bound rider is set free on her OTTB

A young Virginia woman confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy, has broken free of her bonds, and with her heart alight with joy, rides a 17-hand Thoroughbred. “I’ve been in a wheelchair most of my life, but when I rode Dewey, I wasn’t the ‘girl in the wheelchair’ anymore, I was ‘the girl on the horse,’ ” said Anna Collette, 22, a western Virginia horsewoman who has found a way to ride horses throughout her life, despite a diagnosis she has had since infancy. Growing up in a horse family, Collette said she always felt self-conscious about the way she rode. […]