Thursday, September 8, 2011

Therapeutic horseback Riding in KC area

Thank you for passing this information along to people you know who might benefit from a volunteer experience, or to parents of children who could benefit from therapeutic horseback riding.  Lisa Keefe, ph. 816-808-1106

The Northland Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine-oriented therapy and activities. At NTRC, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic riding instructors, volunteers, riders and horses are partners in the equine-assisted therapeutic process.

We currently have openings for both volunteers and riders.
Volunteers serve NTRC as horse leaders or sidewalkers. Horse leaders should be comfortable grooming, tacking up and leading horses. Sidewalkers do not need horse experience, but must be comfortable around horses, as they walk beside our students as they ride. We ride on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now until Nov. 17 and volunteers are needed in one hour time frames from approximately 3-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday each week. For more information, contact Lisa Keefe, Volunteer Coordinator, at 816-808-1106.

Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy assists riders with a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. A rider assessment and a doctor's clearance is required before participating. Parents may contact Mary Jill Webber, Co-Director, at 816-808-1209 for more information about having a child enrolled as a rider .

More information as well as rider and volunteer applications are located on our website at www.northlandtrc.org. You may also visit our "Northland Therapeutic Riding Center" Facebook page.

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