Ann Romney's Olympic-Bound Horse Helps Her Live With MS

Mitt Romney explained that his wife's time around horses has helped her cope with her illness

Ann Romney’s horse has qualified for the Olympics in the sport of dressage—also known as horse ballet. And although the late-night crowd was quick to pounce on what seemed like obvious jokes at the Romneys’ expense for their participation in a sport so far removed from most ordinary Americans, the subject has a more serious side too.

“Getting back on a horse after she was diagnosed with MS … she’s convinced [dressage helped] her regenerate her strength and help her renew that vigor,” Mitt Romney said in an interview conducted during his "Every Town Counts" bus tour across six swing states. “And so she cares very deeply about this sport and about horses. I joke that I’m going to have to send her to Betty Ford for addiction to horses.”

The candidate Romney also said in the interview that his wife, who has multiple sclerosis but has been living nearly symptom-free for about a decade with good care, had a little flare-up around Super Tuesday. She didn’t tell her husband, expecting (rightly, he admits) that he would have convinced her to leave the campaign trail and seek care.

Maybe Jack Osborne, who too has MS and just went public with the diagnosis, can take a page from Ann Romney’s book and incorporate animals into his therapy. Although, with a brand new baby daughter, we suspect he might already have access to the best therapy of all.

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Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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