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HorseAbility helps those with special needs

Would you ever believe that a horse can help someone with disabilities? Well, at HorseAbility at SUNY Old Westbury, this happens. HorseAbility is a place that allows people with special needs to ride horses.

Each and every rider is different, but each rider does get a life lesson out of riding the horses, such as how to communicate, problem solve, develop their social skills and much more. For example, a horse can help someone with a communication problem. They will have to reward the horse by saying good job, giving the horse a pat, or a kiss.

As a volunteer, you can either work in the office, which means you do not have to work with the horses, or work in the barn. In the office, you will do paperwork, answer the phone, and organize files. Working in the barn allows you to help out during lessons. A volunteer can either side walk, which means walk alongside the rider and be encouraging, or be a leader and lead the horse around the ring during the lesson.

If you have any questions you can ask volunteers or directors because they are very friendly, so if you are ever having trouble with something they are always there to help.

Becoming a volunteer will give you many responsibilities, such as grooming the horses, cleaning up around the barn, stacking hay, and saddling the horses.

You will make many friends here. The horses at HorseAbility are very well-trained. To volunteer you must be at least 13 or older.

Volunteering is very satisfying because knowing that you're making someone's life better is amazing. That is just the greatest feeling in the world. For more information, visit:

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