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2013-09-05

Triple H looking for special volunteeers

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Triple H Equitherapy Center - aka Horses Helping the Handicapped - will host a volunteer training from 9 am until 4 pm, Saturday, Sept. 14, for people who wish to learn the skills of side walking and horse handling. These two key volunteer positions help certified instructors conduct horse-assisted therapy for children and adults with a variety of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities.
During each therapeutic riding lesson, two "side walkers" help clients mount their horses and walk alongside the specially trained therapy horses to provide an ever-present safety net for each rider. "Horse handlers" learn how to groom, tack and control a horse, and they lead the horse during the therapy session to enhance safety and instruction for each rider.
For each client participating in therapeutic riding activities, three volunteers - two side walkers and one horse handler - are required.
No prior experience is needed to participate in the volunteer training.
Even those with no experience with horses will find this a unique volunteer opportunity. Triple H horses have been well-trained to perform their special role as four-legged therapists.
Fall classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 16. Classes are held at various times throughout the week and on Saturdays to offer volunteers a flexible schedule. Training is "hands-on" and fun as well as informative.
Many other volunteer opportunities exist at Triple H Equitherapy Center including assisting with marketing, fundraising and ranch maintenance.
For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Keisha Davila at 830-510-9515 or Keisha@triple-h.org.
The therapy center is located at 791 Backhaus Road in Pipe Creek.

Pictured: Volunteer Brenda Sellers works with Tadan and his horse, Charlie, at Pipe Creek's Triple H Equitherapy Center.