Changes Coming for Prancing Horse Center
Prancing Horse Center for Therapeutic Horseback Riding, currently located in Cameron, is searching for a new home and a new executive director.
Meltzer has worked closely with families of special needs children and adults throughout the Sandhills. The therapeutic riding program that Prancing Horse offers employs the use of equine movement to help in the development of motor skills.
"Prancing Horse is now searching for an executive director who shares Meltzer's dedication and love for helping the physically challenged to overcome their disabilities," says a spokesman.
The interaction that takes place while riding horses helps to develop and restore many basic functions of the physically disabled. Using the foundations of balance, posture, and dexterity, horseback riding helps build confidence and strengthen the body -- all under the careful supervision of trained instructors.
The current home for Prancing Horse is located on 40 acres in Cameron.
Riders in the program receive instruction under an open-air covered arena.
There are currently 17 horses specifically trained for equine therapy. All horses undergo a thorough assessment before they can be included in the program. "It takes a very special animal to be included in our program," says Jessica Long, program director and lead instructor.
The horses have to be extremely quiet, and very comfortable to ride. Strange noises and quick movements cannot bother them. Safety while working around and riding the horses is paramount, to ensure that all students and their families have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Prancing Horse provides a therapeutic equine riding program to schools, private riders, and group homes throughout Moore and surrounding counties. Funding for this very important service comes from individual tax-deductible donations, fundraising events (such as the Southern Pines Area Horse Farm Tour) grants and gifts from service organizations like the Knights of Columbus, and the Lions Clubs.
"Volunteers are the backbone behind running the daily needs and activities on the farm," says Long. "Volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and other agencies assist, but everyone is invited to help and have fun."
The success of Prancing Horse has brought tremendous growth, and with that, comes the need for a new facility. Substantial expansion is needed for a 14-stall barn, with feed storage, wash stall, office and customer waiting area, along with ample room for parking. At least 50 acres is necessary to provide this service and take care of all the horses.
"We'll need to find a farm or land capable of being our new home," says Meltzer.
Adequate pasture, a covered arena and barn are just the beginning.
A dynamic group of concerned citizens has been selected to lead a task force to help with the search for a new facility and executive director.
"With the new task force and the loving dedication of current Prancing Horse volunteers, Prancing Horse looks to the future with the ability to not only keep going but provide this important service to all who need it," says Long.
Those interested in volunteering, helping with fundraising or those who need information about therapy sessions may contact Long at 910-245-3220.
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