December 2012 NewsFlash

New children’s activity book to support GAIT TRC

The GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center in Milford, Pa. has created its very first book designed specifically to educate children and adults with special needs about therapeutic riding.
“A Day in the Life of a Therapeutic Horse,” written and illustrated by GAIT Activities Coordinator Susan Klay Swalm, includes coloring pages, facts about horses, horse-specific vocabulary words, and of course, a wonderful story.
The book is available for sales exclusively through GAIT, with proceeds to benefit GAIT’s programs and services. GAIT, established in 1995, is a Premier Accredited member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Annually GAIT provides equestrian-based programs to more than 300 participants from six counties spanning New York (Orange, Sullivan), Pennsylvania (Monroe, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Monroe) and New Jersey (Sussex). Using 10 specially trained horses and a team of PATH-certified instructors, state-licensed therapists and speech pathologists, and highly trained volunteers, GAIT is able to offer participants of any age the ability to interact with others in positive ways, to communicate more effectively, and to improve social skills.
“We thought the timing was perfect to create this book, especially with the holidays coming,” said GAIT Executive Director Martha Dubensky, who also contributed to the book. “And it really is a wonderful way to educate children not only about horses and their therapeutic benefits, but also to educate them about our wonderful non-profit organization. With the help of these incredible horses, we are able to change the lives of children and adults with special needs, and that’s certainly a story worth sharing.”
Please call or email GAIT TRC at 570-409-1140 or email at gaitpa@gmail to order your books today.
ABOUT GAIT: The GAIT Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, a federal non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, is dedicated to its mission of improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, resulting in a more independent life in society. A Premier Accredited member of PATH Intl., GAIT adheres to the strictest rules and mandates which include the highest safety standards for the people it serves, a respectful and nurturing environment, and an elevated level of training for all staff and volunteers. For more information or to donate, visit

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