Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu March 30, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Lori Pelham, left, a volunteer at Equestrian Zone, and physical therapist Tanner Goulet help Oswaldo Bolanos, 10, as they get ready for a horseback ride, which is used to help Bolanos calm down with his disabilities.

Equine therapy

Horses carry riders to strength and self-sufficiency

Melissa Ibbotson

On any given day, the arena at Equestrian Zone in Russellville is filled with horses, riders and therapists who are striving to reach a very specific goal. The nonprofit organization is an equine therapy center that specializes in therapeutic riding and hippotherapy to help children and adults with disabilities become self-sufficient. “Our job is to increase independence for people in our community,” said Jody Kusturin, director at Eque... READ MORE

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CALENDAR

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