ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOTV) The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford provides therapy on horseback for special needs individuals of all ages. Each week, they help about 120 to 160 with physical, mental, social and emotional disabilities.
The Equest Center’s individualized program is based on each rider’s needs and strengths. They work in conjunction with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech teachers, teachers, and parents to coordinate with their goals. They help kids who are learning to talk, walk, gain balance, learn how to focus, and feel better about themselves.
There are 30 horses at the Equest Center. All are donated and go through training and testing before they are incorporated into the program.