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Trail in Rockford offers therapeutic horse ride
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - People with disabilities can now ride down a woodland trail that guides them past stations while introducing them to sights, sounds and smells.
The Grand Rapids Press reports that the one-mile sensory riding trail had a grand opening this month at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford. Executive Director Kathy Ryan says the "Saddle Safari Discovery Trail" is attracting national attention.
Ryan raised a son with autism. She says that interacting with activities at the stations and feeling the horse movements allow riders to work on reflex and adjust to motion.
Much of the work on the trail was done by volunteers who work at Baudville Inc. It is a Grand Rapids-based employee recognition and software company that funded the project.