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Equine-Assisted Therapy Honors Wildwood

To indicate appreciation for being allowed to establish a equestrian/physical therapy facility in Wildwood, the owners of Equine-Assisted Therapy presented a memento to city representatives this week.

Owners for Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), located right off Missouri Route 109 across from the La Salle Institute in Wildwood, surprised Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther and city council members with a photo plaque to show how much they appreciated being able to establish a new facility in the municipality.

The plaque thanked Wildwood for the warm welcome they received as a nonprofit organization that provides horse-riding therapy to participants with mental and physical disabilities.

"We're real proud of them," said Woerther, after he read the inscription and passed around the plaque at Monday evening's city council meeting.

EAT managers held a ribbon-cutting and open house Saturday at their 3369 Highway 109 Wildwood location. It is one of the group's three overall facilities in St. Louis.

Volunteers Are Always Needed

A maximum of three volunteers per rider typically are sought for EAT activities. No prior knowledge of horses is required. EAT volunteers receive necessary training, and complete a background checking process. Weekly e-mails enable EAT volunteers to determine which times mesh with their personal schedules. 

Individuals who are 14 years or older can assist riders. 

To volunteer call 314- 971-0605 or email: garichars@gmail.com

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