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14-year-old Zach: Dreaming of being part of a family, entering law enforcement

14-year-old Zach is looking for his Forever Family. (Photo: CBS Austin)

Riding a horse is pretty common here in Texas, but it can also be life-changing for some. 14-year-old Zach shows us how it's made him more confident and ready to meet his forever family.

"Horses, they're cool. I like them a lot," said Zach and he brushes the coat of a horse at A.W.A.R.E., a therapeutic riding center in San Marcos.

When Zach comes to the A.W.A.R.E. arena, he has a lot on him mind.

"I'd like to live forever with a mom and dad. Three kids. A sister and a brother," he said.

Zach wants to be an older brother and then one day, a police officer.

"I like to live as a family and protect people," said Zach.

"For me it's an escape and for the riders, it is as well," said A.W.A.R.E. volunteer Jason Stavena. "Being a volunteer, it's that 30 minutes to an hour of just getting away, turning off your cell phone and enjoying what's going on out here. Being in the moment," said Stavena.

Zach has been coming to A.W.A.R.E. for equine therapy for a year, helping him build confidence and trust.

"They go from un-positive body language to sitting up straight, sitting up tall. An air of confidence that you would not believe. It's amazing," said Stavena.

"The first time I was scared but now I'm really enjoying it," said Zach.

He can now add riding horses to his love of rap music.

"Eminen, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown," said Zach.

He might even get a pair of cowboy boots someday.

"He's a great kid and I hope someone out there gets to enjoy him as much as we have. It's a blessing having him in your life," said Stavena.

You can learn more about Zach by clicking here.

Watch CBS Austin's "Forever Families" every Wednesday at 6:30 pm to meet Central Texas foster children looking for their forever families.

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