Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

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Pegasus Therapeutic Riding was founded in 1975 at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, Connecticut by a group of volunteers who believed in the therapeutic power of horseback riding. Beginning with eight physically disabled students, they were determined to bring the benefits and joys of horseback riding to the disabled of their community. Today, Pegasus has become one of the largest and most highly regarded therapeutic riding programs in the United States, servicing some 200 students each year in programs at nine locations throughout Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Our professional physical therapists and instructors provide riding therapy to students with such physical and mental disabilities as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, blindness, and Down Syndrome, as well as learning and developmental challenges. Supporting this work is a large group of dedicated volunteers. Some work as “sidewalkers” for students who need assistance. Others are trained as horse leaders and to assist in “tacking up” the horses for the day`s lessons. The rewards for performing these vital services for Pegasus are the very special friendships that volunteers develop with the riders. Our Therapeutic Riding teams are rounded out by hand-picked, specially trained horses. Riders are encouraged to know their mounts and understand the needs and behavior of their equine partners, and the horses seem to sense the special needs of their charges. For more information about programs or donations, call (203) 356-9504, or go to www.PegasusTR.org.