Interact with pretty horses in Milford for free

Lady Kai keeping an eye out for new volunteers

GAIT, the therapeutic horse riding center in Milford is still looking for volunteers age 12 and up.

The program improves the lives of people with special needs by allowing them to ride horses. For some, it is a confidence builder,
for others, the experience improves balance or communication skills.

GAIT is an acronym for Genuine Alternative In Therapy.

The program has nine specially-trained horses and needs a stable of volunteers to make programs possible.

I took the volunteer training last month to be a side walker, it was simple and fun.

Side walkers walk next to the horse, holding the leg of the program participant riding the horse. This makes the rider feel secure.
There are two side walkers and a leader in front of the horse, so three people are needed for one rider.

It is great exercise. One volunteer reported realizing some health benefits after hoofing it with horses and riders in her free time.

Volunteers are also needed for office work, landscaping, barn upkeep, and fundraising.

GAIT’s next volunteer orientation and safety training will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. at
314 Foster Hill Road in Milford.

For more information, call (570) 409-1140, or send an email to gaitpa@gmail.com.

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