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2016-03-10

Transform lives of those with special needs

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A Triple H volunteer horse handles for Owen who is riding his special horse, Sunny.

Administrators with Triple H Equitherapy Center in Pipe Creek are seeking volunteers to help children and adults, including veterans, with special needs who participate in equine-assisted therapy programs. Volunteer training for side walkers and horse handlers is scheduled for Saturday, March 19.
Side walkers help facilitate therapeutic horseback riding by keeping riders with disabilities safe. Trainees need the ability to walk for up to an hour and at times to hold arms at shoulder height. No previous horse experience is necessary. Side walker training is scheduled from 9 am to noon on March 19, followed by a light lunch.
Horse handlers’ primary responsibility is the horse. Some previous horse experience is required, and trainees need the ability to walk for an hour. Horse handlers are responsible for grooming and tacking horses before and after classes. Horse handler training is from 1 pm to 4 pm, on March 19, and trainees are invited to come for a light lunch at noon.
“These volunteer opportunities are ideal for teenagers and adults who love horses and love spending time outdoors,” said Keisha Laughy, director of Volunteers & Community Relations. “And best of all, volunteers experience the joy of helping children, adults, and veterans with special needs participate in programs that enrich and improve their lives.”
“Side walkers and horse handlers truly are the life-blood of our therapeutic riding programs,” noted Ginger Eways, Triple H executive director. “They are integral partners of the therapeutic team that includes certified instructors, specially trained therapy horses, volunteers, and for some programs, a licensed mental health therapist.”
Individuals are welcome to attend both trainings on the same day. To register or for more information, contact Keisha at 830-510-9515 or keisha@triple-h.org.
Triple H offers many other volunteer opportunities for teens and adults, which include individual “on-the-job” orientation and training. Volunteers also work as mentors, barn hands, event helpers, bunkhouse helpers, administrative assistants and ranch hands. Those with special skills in information technology and fundraising can also make a significant volunteer contribution.
Serving people with disabilities in the Texas Hill Country and Bexar County for the last 20 years, Triple H helps children and adults – including veterans of all eras – with a wide array of physical, emotional, and mental health disabilities. Triple H offers a variety of therapeutic riding, driving and ground (dismounted) programs that can meet the needs of individuals with physical, emotional and mental health challenges. Therapeutic equine-assisted activities and therapies are available for children, youth, and adults of all ages.
Triple H is the only premier nonprofit therapeutic riding and driving center in the San Antonio and Hill Country areas that is fully accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Int’l). It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Donations are tax-deductible within the extent of the law.
For more information about programs offered and volunteer opportunities are available by calling 830-510-9515 or emailing keisha@triple-h.org.