Freedom Reins seeking volunteers

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JASPER — Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center — a nonprofit with a purpose of improving the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of therapeutic horsemanship — is looking for volunteers for its programs.

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

Volunteers are the key link to help Freedom Reins meet its mission. Most riders would not be able to participate without the physical and emotional support of the volunteers. 

Volunteers assist the certified riding instructors to ensure directions are being carried out to the best of their ability. Volunteers also assist with barn duties, fundraising efforts and various activities associated with the therapeutic riding center.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers are asked to give about 90 minutes of time one evening per week. Training will be provided. The next volunteer training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the facility. The training is for any new volunteers or those already assisting with the Freedom Reins program.

The first session for riders will begin the first week of March. Two sessions are held each evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Another volunteer opportunity is for a Hippotherapy Program offered during the day from 2-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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.

The location of the facility is 1077 N. Meridian Road in Jasper. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Freedom Reins, call Linda Klem, volunteer coordinator, at 812-631-1725

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