Freedom Reins in search of volunteers

The Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center will hold a volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the facility at 1077 N. Meridian Road, Jasper. The training is for any new volunteers or those already assisting with the Freedom Reins program.

The first session for riders will begin the last week of March. Two sessions are held each evening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to give about 90 minutes of time. Training will be provided.

Another volunteer opportunity is for a Hippotherapy Program offered during the day from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week at the Freedom Reins Center. Hippotherapy is a 1:1 treatment session provided by a licensed and specifically trained physical therapist. Volunteers are needed for one hour to walk alongside of the horse and assist the child with activities, with the help and direction of the therapist.

Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is a not-for-profit, accredited organization with its purpose being to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of horse therapy.

Volunteers are the key link to help Freedom Reins meet its mission. Most of its riders would not be able to participate without the physical and emotional support of the volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of this therapeutic riding program. Volunteers will assist the certified riding instructors to ensure directions are being carried out to the best of their ability. Volunteers could also assist with barn duties, fundraising efforts and various activities associated with the therapeutic riding center.

Horseback riding provides many therapeutic benefits and is an excellent way for people with disabilities to learn new skills. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which creates a special relationship between the rider and the horse. The ability to control a horse as well as one’s body inspires self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, contact volunteer coordinator Linda Klem at 812-631-1725.



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