Horse Therapy Training

Tammi and Andrea

Tammi and Andrea

Recently, Ike Trevino, one of the housing case managers here at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, organized a horse therapy training for residents of MVCH’s housing programs, including veterans and residents of Camp Hope. This training is to teach basic safety measures and horse handling skills so that eventually participants can act as facilitators by guiding disabled children and adults through a simple riding session. We got to groom the horses and help put the saddles on. And in teams of three, one lead walker and two side runners, learned how to steer the horses and coordinate with runners to ensure the safety of the rider. I had a great time and really enjoyed spending time with these amazing animals and think that this is a great program for formerly homeless clients of MVCH to get involved in outreach in the Las Cruces community.

Thanks to Ike and his friend Patty who was teaching us how to handle her horses!

Matt helps with the saddle

Matt helps with the saddle

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About Matt-HRjjamativaTatarthamaitri

Grew up in central PA, been around the block as a "survivor", helped design and manage "The Made With Love Cafe and Grill" (a post-Katrina relief camp/kitchen in the lower 9th ward NOLA), been homeless in Las Cruces for 6 years and a Camp Outreach Coordinator for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Homeless services agency for almost a year now also helping to manage the Camp Hope Project, Newly transitioned out of homelessness as of September 2013, THE WORK CONTINUES!

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