SunnyBrook Meadows therapeutic riding

SunnyBrook Meadows is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic riding to children and adults with special needs in the central Susquehanna area. A volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

Horseback riding strengthens weak muscles, helps to improve self-esteem, balance and coordination, and develops self-awareness in the rider.

Up to three volunteers per rider are required to ensure a safe riding experience. At the head of the horse, experienced leaders with a well-developed horse sense ensure the safety of the horse and guide the horse in the arena and on the trails. To each side of the horse side walkers assist the rider and ensure the riders safety. Side walking can range from hands on support of a weaker rider to a safety spotter or assisting a rider learning to self-guide the horse. An instructor is also with each rider or riding group.

To volunteer as a leader horse experience is required however anyone over the age of 15 can be trained to volunteer as a side walker. 13- and 15-year-olds are welcome to volunteer in the barn caring for and preparing the horses. Volunteer opportunities include several different days. The program operates Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Friday mornings.

SunnyBrook Meadows is seeking volunteers for the 2019 riding season starting the first week in March.

All our volunteers are required to have a Child Abuse Clearance Certificate before they can volunteer.

For more information, call 734-536-0956.

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