Therapeutic riding available at Lake Erie College

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Lake Erie College is proud to offer a therapeutic riding program for individuals ages 8 through 12 who may positively benefit from interaction with horses. Now in its second year, the program, located at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center, runs in eight-week sessions and currently has limited openings for area residents.

"We are pleased to offer this service to community riders who will therapeutically benefit from riding horses” said Dr. Pam Hess, Dean of the School of Equine Studies.

All lessons are taught by an experienced, professional, certified therapeutic riding instructor and staffed by college students enrolled in the equine studies program. The weekly lessons primarily take place on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., though schedules are subject to change depending on starting dates and holidays.

Participants ride in small groups of no more than four riders at a time. Eligible riders are between the ages of 8 and 12, weigh less than 150 pounds, can climb two stairs with minimal assistance and who will emotionally, cognitively or physically benefit from riding and caring for horses.

Lake Erie College boasts an impressive indoor riding facility, expansive outdoor riding areas, a comfortable heated and air conditioned observation area and a well-trained herd of horses for riders of all abilities.

Classes are scheduled to begin in the near future. While there is no deadline for applications, spots are limited and qualifying riders will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information on program schedules and related fees, contact adjunct faculty member Teresa Morris at tmorris@lec.edu.

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