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Volunteers needed to help with equine therapy

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MAKANDA (WSIL) -- If you love horses and helping people, there's an opportunity for you.

Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding at Giant City stables is looking for volunteers.

The group helps children and adults with a range of disabilities including learning, physical and emotional and offers scholarships to help with out-of-pocket costs.

Veterans are also able to take horseback riding lessons, which help those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

According to the group's website, these equine sessions help in a variety of ways.

"Riding is more than just fun; it supports learning, mental development, speech, increases physical motor skills, develops muscles," it explains. "And improves balance, flexibility and so much more. 

Volunteers are responsible for many chores around the stables and include:

  • Assist in therapy sessions
  • Side walkingHorse leader
  • Cleaning stalls, arenas, and all barn areas
  • Sweeping, dusting, and general cleaning
  • Filling and cleaning water buckets and troughs

While more experienced volunteers get to take on some extra duties such as grooming and saddling, as well as, assisting with lessons, camps and trail rides.

The orientation will take place on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m.

Those interested should call (618) 529-4110

Giant City Stables:

722 Giant City Rd,

Makanda, IL 62958

Brooke Schlyer

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