Individuals in the Gateway Program have made some new friends – the horses (and teachers) at Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center, a Wichita-based program that serves 270 people with disabilities each year. In its promotional information, the Freedom Hooves organization states that “a physical, cognitive or emotional need does not limit a person from interacting with horses. There are psychological, physical and social benefits every time they ride. The horses become friends and the teachers provide them a loving support system.”
Kary Wade, Gateway Program Supervisor, said persons served loved their experience. “They can’t wait to go back,” she said. “It’s such a incredible place with incredible people.”
The riding instructors at Freedom Hooves are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Freedom Hooves accepts riders four years of age and older and has nine horses for its clients.