Middletown offers therapy horses during winter

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s a new chance to saddle up for equine therapy in Middletown. A new indoor facility will let people with disabilities get better in all kinds of weather.

Just in time for the cold and snow, the horses at “Manes & Motions” have a new covered walkway to take them from the barn to a big new indoor riding area. It was Middletown’s Mayor who took Cisco the horse on his first spin.

“Just walking with him is relaxing,” said Mayor Daniel Drew. “I can see why this is an extraordinarily therapeutic experience for people.”

That is the idea: people recovering from, or dealing with, physical and mental issues are helped by walking with or riding horses.

“Horseback riding helps to improve a walking gait,” said Janice Anderson, Manes & Motions Program Director. “It helps to build core muscles. It provides sensory input to those who are sensory seeking. we see that in people on the autism spectrum.”

By cutting the ribbon on this new indoor facility, they can go from offering equine therapy only in warm weather, to doing their good work all through the winter, that’s good news for patients who come here from the Hospital for Special Care.

“You know it’s a tremendous program and it’s geared towards emotionally disabled, disabled physically,” said John Votto, the CEO of the Hospital for Special Care. “And we know it works.”

If you want to know more about Manes and Motions, you can go to http://hfsc.org/manes-motions for details.

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