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Horses in Glenville bringing therapy to help treat developmental disabilities

May 10, 2019 05:44 PM

GLENVILLE - Crowds will soon be flocking to Saratoga for the start of racing season. However, down the road in Glenville, much smaller crowds are turning out to see horses that have no interest in winning a race. They're not performing on a course. They provide a course of treatment. It's one that local families say is working miracles.

The program is called STEP – the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program. The service they provide here is something called hippotherapy – utilizing the body's natural responses to horse riding to treat a list of developmental disabilities - from autism to traumatic brain injury.

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The benefits are wide-ranging. Hippotherapy has been known to improve communication, motor skills, strength and balance - and focus.

Everything in the program is volunteer-based. Everyone has a day job. While there's still a cost to participate in order to cover operating expenses, none of the therapists or trainers take a salary.

See how the program is helping a young 4-year-old boy by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's "Upside" story.

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Jerry Gretzinger

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