Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Riding Program in Medford opened in January, 2009, and was developed to foster independence, strength and growth in the minds and bodies of individuals with disabilities through equine assisted activities. The program is beneficial for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges. The therapy enhances children’s self-esteem and improves balance, coordination, muscle tone and strength. While most of Kaleidocope’s services are geared for children, there are lessons available to older clients as well.
Volunteers age 12 and older are needed to help with facilitating the various games and activities, such as side-walking and leading the horses around during the therapy sessions which is held in an indoor arena. No prior equestrian experience is needed. Training programs are offered at various times throughout the year for potential volunteers. The volunteers should be able to walk for 30-minute intervals. Help is also needed with the daily care and maintenance of horses as well as with other chores such as raking, sweeping and some lifting.
Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Riding Program is located at 21 Branin Rd., Medford, N.J. 08055. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Kelly Adams, program director, at [email protected] or call 609-923-7847. Visit Kaleidoscope’s website at: www.kaleidoscopetr.com or on Facebook.[[In-content Ad]]