River Valley Riders provides therapeutic riding & driving for people with special needs, in the Twin Cities metro area & western Wisconsin.
My horse Gus and I have volunteered for the past 3 years. What a life changing experience it has been! This year Gus got his wish. He got to take an early retirement from his horse show career at just 9 years old! Now he's enjoying the job he LOVES, being a therapeutic riding horse.
I can't even begin to describe what it's like to watch the riders with the horses. It's amazing to see what a horse can do...a child can be having a bad day, acting out with behaviors. As soon as the horse starts to walk, a totally different child emerges. Quiet, content, happy.
This program has done amazing things for it's riders, not to mention the impact it has on us volunteers! Thank you River Valley Riders, and thank you supporters!