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Equine therapy offered at Crotched Mountain

By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent

September 14. 2014 7:02PM
The Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center's Equine Collaborative in Greenfield is now available to people in the community through Oct. 20. (Courtesy)
GREENFIELD - Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center will offer a therapeutic horse program to people in the community through Oct. 20.

The Equine Collaborative has been available to clients at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center with success, but now people in the community living with a disability or autism can benefit from the powerful experience of simple tasks, such as grooming, petting or walking the trails with a horse.
GREENFIELD - Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center will offer a therapeutic horse program to people in the community through Oct. 20. The Equine Collaborative has been available to clients at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center with success, but now people in the community living with a disability or autism can benefit from the powerful experience of simple tasks, such as grooming, petting or walking the trails with a horse. 'Our therapeutic horse experience sessions focus on the development of a relationship between the horse and an individual through ground-based activities and hands-on interactions around caring for horses,' said Gwen Rumburg, equine collaborative coordinator and occupational therapist.'The responsibility of handling a horse can help children and adults see the world from a different perspective and provide a new level of self-awareness and self-esteem. It can have a relaxing and calming effect, while building confidence as well as social and motor skills,' added Rumburg.The sessions are held at the barn at Crotched Mountain with professionals and specially trained horses from UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown. The two groups work together to offer the services.'Our therapeutic horse experience sessions can enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral skills, including building gross and fine motor skills, improving coordination and cognitive skills and encouraging socialization,' said Rumburg.The horses are tolerant and well-trained, offering comfort and friendship to individuals who may have trouble expressing how they feel.

'Often just walking with a horse through the park at Crotched Mountain is calming and soothing. The sense of responsibility and the bonding experience in interacting with a horse produces a level of self-confidence that can help open other new possibilities in life,' said Kristen McGraw, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center's program director.Half-hour sessions are offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1:30 and 4 p.m. through Oct. 20. The cost is $30.

For more information, go to cmf.org/CMEC.


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