Disabled Peapack students gain strength and confidence at horse farm
(05/26/06) PEAPACK ? Teachers at a school for disabled children in Somerset County are looking toward horses as a means for student therapy.
The Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack utilizes horse riding to help students gain confidence and strength. Teachers say students look at horse riding as a fun activity, not therapy. In addition, it helps the disabled children develop muscular strength and control of their bodies.
Many parents say their children grow stronger after each ride. Matheny students take 45-minute sessions each week.