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Therapeutic riding program serves those who served


Ohio University Southern Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding has long offered programs for individuals, young and old, with disabilities.

Recently, the program has expanded to include therapeutic riding to assist veterans in their recovery to great success.

University Photographer Ben Wirtz Siegel attended one such session to see the determination of veterans on the horses and of those who make this therapy possible.

Therapeutic Riding: Connection

Veteran Michael Scarberry connects with a horse after a ride at the Ohio University Southern Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding.

Therapeutic Riding: Participation

 Veteran Ronald Carter participates in a horse therapy program at the Ohio Horse Farm.

Therapeutic Riding: Participation

 Carter participates in a horse therapy program at the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding.

Therapeutic Riding: Community

 Brent Sturm (left), a recreation therapist at the Department of Veteran Affairs, assists Carter with horse therapy at the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding.

Therapeutic Riding: Community
Sturm assists a client with horse therapy at the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding.
Therapeutic Riding: Compassion

Therapeutic riding instructor Katie Bantz rides a horse prior to a therapy session at the Ohio Horse Park near Ohio University's Southern Campus.

Therapeutic Riding: Preparation

 Volunteers Mary Bryant (Left) and Holly Messer groom a horse prior to a horse therapy session.

Horse Park: Preparation

Volunteers guide a horses at Ohio University Southern Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Riding.

Therapeutic Riding: Preparation

 Volunteer Candy Pickelsimer prepares a horse for a therapy session.