From left are Eric Walsh and Greta Bellardini of St. Lawrence NYSARC.
St. Lawrence NYSARC recently received a $6,000 grant for developmentally disabled clients to take part in the “Freedom Reins” programs.
The trustees of the NYSARC Trust awarded the grant for 11 individuals to travel to 1000 Acres Ranch in Stony Creek, as part of the Freedom Reins program.
The group took a two-night trip to the ranch for a range of equine activities including grooming, leading horses, steering, and hay rides. Riding was also allowed for those judged as capable.
Freedom Reins expands the agency's services through recreational and therapeutic horsemanship. Participants involved in Freedom Reins focus on care for horses, under the supervision of a staff person who is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
The pilot program for St. Lawrence NYSARC's Freedom Reins program is held in Parishville with Laura Zellweger, a PATH accredited instructor.
Services at the site run two days a week, weather permitting.
Participants are learning to cross tie, groom, feed, catch, and lead a horse to graze.