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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – If only for a few minutes… even on a cold day, Andrew Smith, 5, says SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center is where he prefers to spend his time.

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As he readies “Snickers” for a ride, Smith tearfully tells CBS 11 News, “He always lets me brush him… and he lets me put everything on him and ride.”

Andrew’s horse is more than a hobby, he’s a living, loving therapeutic tool for the little boy who has Autism. SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center in Corinth provides therapy for children like Andrew who have disabilities. He is one of 500 currently enjoying all the non-profit has to offer.

SpiritHorse has done a lot for Andrew says his mom, “We were told he would never talk. It’s been amazing… basically improved his social skills –brought him out of his shell.”

But a developer wants to move in and build homes where so many children find quiet solace. SpiritHorse’s founder, Charles Fletcher worries a new roadway will inevitably mean construction and traffic noise. “To me it would destroy me I would die,” says Fletcher. “I really would die if we couldn’t serve these wonderful children.”

But supporters of the non-profit have strapped on their boot spurs and showed up at city hall ready for a fight. Fletcher has worked with the developer and they think removing the proposed road from any plans is the best idea.

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Ultimately, it’s up to city council members to decide the non-profit’s fate in the coming month.

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