Rural Missouri - January 2014 - (Page 8)

Healing on horses Following a class at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship, 7-year-old Faith Arbeiter, right, helps put away Bre, a haflinger mare, with volunteer Melissa Colyer. Southeast Missouri stable gives children and adults new opportunities W by Paul Newton hen Faith Arbeiter first arrived at the red and white horse barn on top of the hill three years ago, she suffered from meningitis, significant hearing loss and balance issues. Her voice was barely audible. Today, supported by a saddle beneath her and vol- unteers around her, the slight, 7-year-old sits atop Bre, a haflinger mare, and yells out commands that can be heard around the facility. The Cape Girardeau youngster is just one of many riders who have grown at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship in Oak Ridge, located just off Interstate 55. The horseback riding program, which is served by Citizens Electric Corp., is designed to give children and adults living with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve personal goals. Three nights per week, the barn that sits on the 12-acre property is full of riders, volunteers, instructors and parents. Three groups of riders - typically a group comprises three riders - will come in for 45-minute sessions. "It helps with muscle tone, strengthening your core, your posture and your range of motion," says Left: Volunteer Melissa Colyer stretches out Bre, one of the 10 horses at the center, prior to a therapeutic riding session. Above: Volunteer Phil Brinson of Cape Girardeau helps tie the shoe of 8-year-old Landon Southard following a session at MVTH. 8 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2014

Rural Missouri - January 2014
Healing on horses
Gut instinct
Out of the Way Eats
For the birds
Missouri Snapshots
Hearth and Home
The company behind the meter
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - January 2014