Therapeutic riding not just horsing around

GREENE – Having operated for two years with mostly volunteer hands and the financial help of scholarships from multiple organizations, Verde View Equestrian Center, Inc. (VVEC), a nonprofit therapeutic horse riding center in the Town of Greene, is reaching out the community for help.

A golf fundraiser will be held for the organization starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the River Run II golf course in Kirkwood, NY. At $75 per team for 18 holes of golf and a dinner, VVEC hopes to raise the money necessary to continue its mission of providing independent riding for individuals with physical, cognitive or social disabilities.

“There are so many benefits to therapeutic riding,” explained VVEC Program Coordinator Lori Piccirilli. “Not only is there the benefit of being with a large animal and learning confidence and proactive safety measures, but there's also the core strength that comes from riding, and the motor planning that comes from steering, stopping and facilitating movement of the horse.”

Other advantages include learning the steps and procedures of riding, and exercising physical, social and mental features while having fun doing it, Piccirilli added.

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