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NMSU Therapeutic Riding Program hosts horse carnival Nov. 1

The community is invited Saturday, Nov. 1, to join members of the New Mexico State University Therapeutic Riding Program for its semiannual horse carnival.

Sarah Veeder prepares a horse for an afternoon Therapeutic Riding Program session. The program will host its semiannual horse carnival Saturday, Nov. 1. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

?There will be many activities as well as demonstrations every half hour from our riders showing off what therapeutic riding is and what they have learned. It will be a fun day for the entire family,? said Sarah Veeder, event coordinator.

This program helps children with physical and mental disabilities work with horses to better their physical, social and problem-solving skills.

?All proceeds will go to funding our program, which helps us keep the cost to our participants to a minimum,? Veeder said. ?Without the support of the community, several of our participants would not be able to afford lessons. The cost of lessons goes directly back into our horses, paying for all of their needs and any therapeutic riding equipment needed.?

The event will be held at the NMSU Equine Education Center on the NMSU campus at 750 Stewart St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring food, music as well as horse riding, face painting and horse painting.

There is no admission cost, but each station will require tickets. Tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20, which includes all activities. Tickets will be available at the horse carnival.