07-31-2009, 01:43 AM
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I used to volunteer at a therapuetic riding barn for ten years. To be a therapuetic riding instructor, you have to get a degree from NARHA. There is a lot more to it than just letting a disabled person ride your horse. A certain type of movement is better for one person than it is for another, sometimes the scenary is just too much stimulation. You would have to be able to handle it if something were to happen, adult supervision just wouldn't cut it. What if someone had a seizure?
It's a noble gesture, to be sure. Maybe try finding a therapuetic barn in your area and volunteer? Then you can fulfill your need to help the community, and you'll learn a lot. When I volunteered, it was amazing to watch the riders grow and adapt and change. I witnessed with my own eyes a girl go from a wheelchair to walking with a cane! It took a few years, but it most definitely happened. It really was incredible. =]