MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A Pike County organization is asking the community for a little help this season.
Tucked away in the back woods of Milford, you will find GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center. The organization is in it’s 25th year, originally working with connecting horses and young children with special needs.
“As we got more experienced and more professional and had different horses, then we could expand into other things,” said Martha Dubensky, Executive Director & Founder.
Today, GAIT is open to people of any age and with any disability.
“Over the years, we have found that it gives them a sense of purpose agian that they are connecting with another being that is a sensitive, herd animal, or social animal if you will… Just like people are,” said Dubensky.
GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center opened in 1995 and they started the program, “Horses for Heroes,” just a few years ago. This national program was enacted locally here at GAIT, offering free therapeutic horsemanship services to veterans, first responders, law enforcement officers, and their families.
Dubensky says raising money this year has been a little more difficult.
“We like to fundraise so we can offer this for free, so that the veterans don’t have to think about that part,” said Dubensky.
Dubensky says their goal is to reach $2,020 for 2020, as this would help keep the program going strong.
“We do have right now a giving Tuesday, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and that’s our push for, our push at gate, to push for more donations for the veterans group,” said Dubensky.