PARSONSBURG – A new program pairing at-risk kids with some of the nation’s strongest role models is giving both the chance to benefit from the healing power of horses.
Teaming for Success, a new program offered by 4Steps Therapeutic Riding, gives veterans the chance to work with troubled youth in an equine-assisted treatment program.
“They deserve more respect than anybody for serving and stepping up,” said Sandy Winter, director of the nonprofit 4Steps Therapeutic Riding. “This is the thing we’d like to instill in our kids.”
At 4Steps Therapeutic Riding, located on Sixty Foot Road in Parsonsburg, people of all backgrounds and abilities are given the chance to work with horses. Teaming for Success, made possible with the support of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, is designed specifically to benefit troubled youth. Interested veterans are provided with training by Winter and are then given the chance to share their new knowledge of horses with at-risk kids referred to the program by local social service organizations. There are currently five children in the program, most of whom come from families where one if not both parents are incarcerated.