NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - On Wednesday, October 5, representatives of the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Program will be at North Salem Middle/High School to talk about the organization, answer questions, and enroll volunteers.
Pegasus is one of the four community service organizations featured during the first of the Community Service Awareness Weeks.
Pegasus provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. It currently runs programs at five regional stables, including the 20-acre Pegasus Farm on Peach Lake Road (Route 121), just beyond the North Salem border.
Were looking for volunteer high school students to work with riders, said Communications Director Christine Fitzgerald. Well train them to be side-walkers. That is, they walk alongside the horses to assist the special needs riders and the instructors. Each rider needs a different level of assistance some volunteers hold their students ankles or thighs, and some volunteers walk along beside them. Students may also be asked to help out with barn chores, such as brushing horses, tacking up or helping to put the horses away.
Volunteers must be willing to commit to an entire session, lasting six or 12 weeks, and must be available on the same day at the same time each week.
Working with Pegasus has a big impact on people, Fitzgerald said. Ive worked with the riders myself. Its very rewarding. Both the program and the volunteer benefit.
Also on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities will be representatives of the Goldens Bridge Hound and Pony Club , located on Baxter Road in North Salem.
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