Driven mostly by my love of horses, the last 10 years or so, I have been involved in several equine therapy programs.
From kids to veterans l have tried to promote and support equine therapy programs here in central Texas.
Born and raised in Chicago, it wasn’t until I got to Texas that I could indulge and have a horse of my own. Horses went from an indulgence to my own therapy activity. When I ride, I refer to it as my mental health session.
I approached Red Arena to see if my horse Socks would be a good fit into the therapy herd. I started working as a volunteer and have been at it a couple of months now. We are still discussing Red Arena adopting my Socks but, regardless of his new home, I am hooked on Red Arena.
In all my involvement with equine therapy, it is remarkable to see the combination of vision, professionalism, compassion and most importantly, unconditional love shared at Red Arena. In my experience, the children receiving the therapy are touched by the love and compassion shown and are better for it.
Author : Jim Schaffrath
A valued volunteer at RED Arena in Dripping Springs.