DENVER, Colo. – Brenna DeGeer’s lifelong, profound hearing loss has never held her back from pursuing her dream career as a horse trainer – in one sense, it’s even been a gift.
“I feel like it’s a contributing factor into the way I’m able to perceive horses, read them and be with them,” says the 33-year-old owner of DeGeer Stock Horses in LaPorte, where she also gives riding lessons.
But humans aren’t as intuitive as her beloved horses, and so the trickiest challenge for DeGeer is that she needs to be within 20 feet of her students in the arena to hear and instruct them. It’s hardly her first hurdle, so she’s pressed on with characteristic fortitude.
Brenna DeGeer has been a horse woman her entire life and has started her own business training breeding and teaching riding lessons. She is 50% deaf in each ear and through the Colorado Agrability program she is coming up with way to overcome communication hurdles.“You cry, sweat and bleed a lot, and you don’t listen to anybody who tells you that you can’t do it. You just keep going,” DeGeer says.
But this year she learned it doesn’t have to be that hard. “I had no idea the number of tools that are available and the help that’s out there. I didn’t even know AgrAbility existed until just a few months ago, and it’s already changed my life.”
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