Milton Therapy Center Participates in Veterans Riding Program

By Gilkeson, Shirley M. | The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), November 7, 2012 | Go to article overview

Milton Therapy Center Participates in Veterans Riding Program


Gilkeson, Shirley M., The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


River Cities Therapy and Recreation Center Inc. in Milton is pleased to be a part of the nationwide program, Horses for Heroes Inc., whose mission is to make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, our local heroes: veterans and their families. RCTRC is a tax-exempt organization located at Golden Aire Farm in Milton, whose mission is to provide equine-facilitated activities and therapy to children and adults with disabilities/disabling conditions: physical, social, emotional and mental. RCTRC Executive Director Connie S. Boggess said, Since 1994, RCTRC, a West Virginia organization, has been dedicated to developing confidence and independence in our program participants through equine therapy, so it is exciting to also be an approved Horses for Heroes facility offering services to our military heroes and their families. Winston Churchill once said, There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. While the therapeutic value of horses has been recognized for centuries, their wide use as a therapeutic tool for veterans with special needs and disabilities is relatively recent. It is said that in war there are no unwounded soldiers. Horses for Heroes is designed to give Americas war veterans as well as all service men and women (firemen, police, ambulance personnel, etc.) an opportunity to heal those wounds through experiencing some of the joys of nature in a setting of beauty and peacefulness. Scientific studies have proven what horse people have long known: The emotional behavior of horses can change the emotional state, leadership and organizational skills of all types of people. Many professionals in the equine field have long asserted that horses tend to mirror or reflect the human emotional experience, and they claim that horses are effective partners for facilitating human healing and achieving higher levels of personal growth and leadership development. The Horses for Heroes program was created to give active duty military personnel, service men and women, police, firemen, returning combat veterans, wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to ride a horse for free, Boggess explained. …

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