Clyde Miley, pastor of the Red River Cowboy Church and Instructor Kathleen Woerman spoke to the Natchitoches Lions Club Monday, Sept. 26. Running for a year now, the church’s therapeutic riding program is currently serving 15 youth and adults with special needs.
The program lasts 12 weeks, with classes set for Monday nights.
“It’s extremely humbling to put someone on a horse and help them,” said Woerman. “It’s great to see them progress and grow and be social.”It took her four weeks to get one child riding. For those who use a wheelchair, the horse moves the person’s body in a way that feels like walking. It gives them confidence and they’re proud to be in the saddle.
The program welcomes sponsors of riders, as the program itself and horse upkeep is a costly expense. Volunteers are also welcome, and no experience with horses is necessary. The program is open to adults and youth ages 4 with special needs both mental and physical.
For more information on volunteering contact Heather LaGrange at 318-663-3847, for fundraising, contact Jessica Woodel at 318-332-7159 or for information on lessons contact Kathleen Woerman at 402-380-8699.