MCGREGOR, TX — For 11 years, REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization in McGregor, has been providing horse riding therapy for veterans and people with special needs.
"It helps them reach their potential," Amber Stephens said, Volunteer Coordinator and instructor for REACH. "You can always find a bond with any of these horses, they're therapeutic by nature."
Megan Attaway, who has been a volunteer at REACH for 2 years, is going to school for physical therapy. With her passion for horses, she knew REACH would be a great fit.
"I really love it," Attaway said. "I am very shy meeting new people but they brought me in made me feel really comfortable."
Attaway volunteers at REACH doing things like cleaning the barn, stalls, leading the horses, feed, water and side walking with them.
REACH welcomes anyone with experience or not, and they are willing to help train and get others to the skill set like Attaway's. It's not only therapeutic for the ones that come and ride, it's also calming for volunteers as well.
"It doesn't matter how bad say is or how hectic it is, when I get here its therapeutic for my self," Attaway said.
Even if it's just for an hour a week, REACH appreciates all the help, because without the volunteers this place couldn't run.
"The volunteers are the back bone to how this place runs," Stephens said.
April 12th they will be hosting their yearly fundraiser. This is when REACH collects most of their funding for the year.
If you are interested in participating in the fundraiser or to volunteer at REACH visit their website.