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Heads Up Therapeutic Riding Center is closing

By Shirley
Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Pittsboro, NC - I was very sad to learn today that the Heads Up Therapeutic Riding Center in Pittsboro is closing. It's a great program that has benefited so many people, children and adults alike. For anyone who is unfamiliar with them, Heads Up is a Path International premier accredited center which was formed here in Pittsboro in 1991.

Path stands for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. They provide therapeutic equine-related activities to individuals with physical, emotional or developmental disabilities to enhance positive reinforcement and encouragement towards independence. Many, if not most of their clients, are children with disabilities.

I had just started to volunteer there with some of their young riders and was loving it.

Their activities included camps (summer, day, or other), competition (Special Olympic, Paralympics), grooming & tacking, ground Work, recreational riding, and of course, therapeutic riding. They also offered general English and Western riding lessons and that's how I found them. Their instructors were extremely professional and well qualified. This seems like such a loss for our community and I don't understand why they are closing. Apparently, no one is sure about that. To my knowledge, they had no association with state or local government and were supported as a charity solely by donations and the money they earned through their services.

If any of you have stories about how Heads Up helped your children, it would be a good time to share that and to thank them. I myself will always be grateful. They gave an old gal with bad knees and a hearing loss a chance to fulfill a life long dream. They will be gone very soon. I will miss them so much. My instructor was fantastic but more than anything, I will miss the horses.

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