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!