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Therapeutic horseback riding program seeks volunteers

Published March 11. 2013 05:04PM

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

H.H.T.L.C., a registered nonprofit organization, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309. It offers therapeutic riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October.

Lesson volunteers must be at least 14 years old, in good health, and able to walk for an hour at a time. They must successfully complete a volunteer training session, provided by H.H.T.L.C.

While experience with horses and/or people with disabilities is helpful, it is not necessary. H.H.T.L.C. also welcomes the volunteer assistance of allied health fields professionals and people with horse experience.

H.H.T.L.C. serves riders with a wide variety of disabilities. Therapeutic horseback riding has been shown to improve balance, posture, strength, and coordination.

It also helps to increase self-awareness, self-confidence, attention span, and independence. Often, riders also gain improved social skills.

H.H.T.L.C. will hold a required volunteer training session for lesson volunteers on Sunday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m. at the center. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with riding lessons must attend this hands-on training.

In addition to lesson volunteers, H.H.T.L.C. also needs volunteers to assist with other duties.

If you would like to become a volunteer, contact Janie Miller at (570) 386-4280 (wintsprg@ptd.net) or Elaine Smith at (570) 386-5679 (elshhtlc@ptd.net).

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