One in seven Americans will become disabled by the time they are 65. This statistic combined with the continued decline in the local economy defines the need for programs that empower those who live within the disabled community.

In 1997, Horses of Hope Riding Center in Baxter Springs, Kan., has formed a community within the community designed to aide in physical, occupational and mental therapy of all individuals - especially the disabled.

A dream was born to provide equine-assisted therapeutic services in Southeast Kansas and the surrounding four-state area.

Therapeutic Riding - Therapeutic riding offers persons with disabilities the opportunity to learn basic horsemanship while receiving benefit to mind, body and spirit. Riders improve their balance, posture, mobility and function.

Hippotherapy - Hippotherapy provides outpatient physical, occupational and/or speech therapy utilizing the movement of the horse. Horses of Hope is one of only a few providers of this type of therapy in the area.

For three Tuesday’s in June HOH will offer HOH Day Camp HOPE series for persons with disabilities.

This is a unique day camp learning opportunity specially designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, area wide.

Camps will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 15, 22 and 29.

JDay Camp HOPE will include innovative learning stations in the following three areas: art, music and horse activities, as well as a hay rack ride at each camp.

The cost for Day Camp HOPE is $25 per day. Snacks, supplies, properly trained horses and necessary equipment will be provided by Horses of Hope. Day campers will need to bring a sack lunch, safe foot wear and sunscreen. All Day Camp HOPE campers must register with Horses of Hope in advance. For more information and to register call right away 620-674-3458, email hoh@ckt.net or visit the Horses of Hope website at www.horsesofhope.com.