This past Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, HATS, hosted an open house for people in the community interested in volunteering for their program. The HATS program helps serve differently-abled participants from 2 to 60 years old.
Leslie Vowles, the director of HATS, explains that horse therapy is a good addition to other types of therapy people may be involved in. The HATS program has seen mobile skills improvement, behavioral improvement, and an increase in self confidence in the participants of the program.
The program has trained instructors, volunteers, and technology such as lifts, along with trained and calm horses to help make the barn a safe place for the riders, and they are always looking for volunteers. HATS is a nonprofit organization, and they supply their 'ridership' for little to no cost through the support of the community.
More information on the HATS organization can be found here.