Special Photo: Ben Hellekson

This horse could actually be doing the whispering as he makes friends with Jareth Lagunas, a camper at Achievement Adventure, a camp for special needs youngsters being held this week at Falconwood Farms in Covington. Priscilla Faulkner, director of Horse Time, which offers equine therapy at the farm, introduces Jareth to Paddy and demonstrates grooming techniques. Approximately 30 youngsters, primarily from Rockdale and Newton counties, will enjoy horseback riding and other equine activities, as well as take classes in karate offered by World Class American Karate from Conyers and learn social skills from Sharon Darley, special education teacher at Ficquett Elementary School in Covington. There are 23 adult volunteers working with the campers. "It's a combined effort with Horse Time and World Class American Karate and Sharon Darley," said Ryan Mitchell, an occupational therapist at the camp. "This is sometime unique. There's nothing like it in all of metro Atlanta and as far as putting these three together (equine therapy, karate and social skills) there is not a program that can even handle the skills that we've brought in for this."