With Memorial day fresh in our minds, and the stories here , here and here, we are reminded of the great work for our living veterans with disabilities that the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy is doing right here in Woodside.
The Center, located on 12 acres on Runnymede Road, has been working with kids and adults for almost 40 years.
According to their website, the Center offers Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding and a wide range of equine-assisted activities.
The Center has long helped children and adults with various special challenges and needs, but since 2007, the NCEFT has developed programs to assist returning veterans with brain injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.
The NCEFT grounds contain a 1920’s-era dairy barn that can maintain more than 50 horses, as well as two arena and an outpatient clinic. It also provides space for the horses of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue Team as well as another therapy and rehabilitation center. You can see pictures of the beautiful strong horses (as well as the humans that run the whole show) on their website here. The Center is a nonprofit and accepts both donations and volunteers.
NCEFT is a unique example of our Town’s love for horses, It is a wonderful facility that really makes valuable contribution to the lives of our nation’s veterans, special needs children and adults from our surrounding communities. We applaud their great work!
For more information, please visit here.