Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society expands

The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society is proud to announce the expansion of their programs and facilities.

The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society is proud to announce the expansion of their programs and facilities. A new stable and barn, adjacent to the existing facilities, have been secured for the expansion of a full time “Stable Program,” the CVTRS stated in a press release.

The Stable Program has been operating for five years with in the existing CVTRS program. This program was created in collaboration with Child and Youth Mental Health to assist children and youth who live with anxiety, emotional dysregulation, distress intolerance and poor social skills.  Over the years this program has proven effective in increasing confidence, developing skills and coping strategies in a uniquely non-clinical environment.

“With the addition of our new facilities we will now be able to offer a full-time stable program to meet the expanding needs of our community,” a spokesperson stated. “This will mean we are able to offer expanded programs for our current users, as well as a much wider variety of groups with varying needs, including adults.

Marg Hind, program director, sums up the therapeutic relationship between horse and their ride; “When horses and humans met each other, at a soul level, there is a magical experience that happens… that is never forgotten. They are our teachers, therapist and friends.”

The CVTRS is starting new classes in May of this year. In addition to ongoing sessions, they are adding eight week-long groups aimed specifically at overcoming anxiety and encouraging emotional regulation for seven to 12-year-old children, with more programs coming soon.

For more information on the Stable Program contact CVTRS at 250-338-4137, or at  cvtrs@telus.net.

With the expansion comes a need for more invaluable volunteers. “Our programs cannot run without the assistance of our volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of our new programs please contact us or fill in an application form found online at CVTRS.com,” the spokesperson said.

– Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society