Therapeutic horse riding center hopes to expand program

TROT celebrated the building of a new horse stall
Therapeutic horse riding center hopes to expand program

The Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities organization celebrated the addition of a new horse stall Tuesday morning, a milestone that organizers said will enable them to accommodate more riders to their program.

The organization, also known as TROT, offers hippotherapy for disabled persons through horse riding. TROT raised $7,000 through fundraising efforts with Leadership Tri-Cities XXII to build the stall, hoping to give clients valuable experiences that will improve their physical, social, and emotional skills.

“You don’t know what that means, you don’t know what to do,” said TROT Board Member, James Kipper, whose 3-year old son is autistic. “So having organizations like TROT that kind of give the kids a connection where they’re able to come out and just be for a little bit is awesome.”

TROT’s next goal is to buy another therapy horse. With the addition of another horse, organizers said they will be able to expand the program and serve more clients in need.