March 20, 2017 – Giant Steps, a Lisle-based school for children and young adults with autism, is launching an equine therapy program in partnership with Rich Harvest Farms (RHF) in Sugar Grove, IL. Sara Carley joined the Giant Steps team to take the reins and bring the school's first certified equine therapy program to life. Carley, a certified PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) instructor, is in the process of familiarizing herself with RHF's facilities and horses like Louise, pictured below, in preparation for the start of the equine therapy program.
"It's an amazing opportunity to be able to develop a program that will serve to improve the lives of our adult community members with autism," Giant Steps PATH Certified Riding Instructor Sara Carley said. "Even more incredible is the unmatched generosity of Rich Harvest Farms in allowing Giant Steps to utilize their horses, equipment and facilities to achieve our goal."
Carley, who has her sights set on kicking the equine therapy program off later this year, said that for the effort to be successful, it will take a village.
"Equine therapy programs are very volunteer-focused, as numerous hands are needed to help with all aspects of the program; from helping to groom the animals, to leading the riders around the indoor arena during therapy sessions," Carley said.
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Giant Steps' Equine Therapy Program, please contact our certified PATH instructor, Sara Carley at (630) 864-3803.