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The Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center

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Published on Jul 24, 2013

For more information:

sovtrc.org
802-221-4409
lyoung@sovtrc.org
336 River Road
Newfane, VT 05345
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Newfane Therapeutic Equine Center Helps Veterans and Others

Horses listen. And they teach. With their whole being; eyes, ears, nostrils, and especially, their energy. The amazing results of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) are well documented.

At SVTRC you're likely to encounter a 5-year old with Down Syndrome riding a 22 year old pony named Spot. Or perhaps you'll run into Charlotte , a two-tour Iraq war veteran.

Charlotte benefited so much from her sessions at SVTRC, when her veterans benefits ran out she is now bartering to continue her therapy—by helping school a new horse.And Brady's mom tells us that he used to look down and be very shy but is now able to look right at people. Brady's language skills are improving too and he even greets strangers. He'll tell anyone who will listen all about Spot

Stories like Brady's and Charlotte's attest to the fact that people of all ages who participate in EAAT can experience physical and emotional rewards. For those with emotional challenges, the unique relationship formed with the horse leads to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. People with physical problems gain better coordination, balance and strength. People with cognitive issues learn to be in the moment and address point-by-point learning.

The horses don't do it all on their own, of course. Lorna Young, SVTRC program director, along with instructor Jessy Dark teach the lessons. Lorna also coordinates the many necessary volunteers needed and generally keeps things running. SVTRC is always happy to have new volunteer faces, so please stop by if you'd like to help!

SVTRC was established as a non-profit in 2012 and is accredited by the Professional Association of Horsemanship International (PATH).

SVTRC is a great example of the southern Vermont community experience. They work with clients, young and old, from many local organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Landmark College, the Brattleboro Retreat, Kindle Farm School, The INSPIRE School and local elementary and high schools. SVTRC invites you to visit them at www.sovtrc.org or in person on River Road in Newfane.
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