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Diego Ranch raises awareness about therapeutic riding

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro's Diego Ranch held a fundraising event on Saturday to bring awareness to the therapeutic riding school.

Michael Jackson, the president of the school, said the nonprofit organization works with children with autism and disabilities.

“We are brand new,” Jackson said. “We’ve only been around for about eight months now. We’re just getting started up with everything.”

Outside in the Sears parking lot at 1901 South Caraway Road, children took advantage of the therapeutic horses.

They got to meet the friendly ponies there and rode them in a pen. 

Jackson said horseback riding helps children mentally and physically.

“We have a child who never would talk,” he said. “After riding these horses, she has done so well.”

Because the therapeutic riding school is new, Jackson said many parents are unaware of how helpful horses can be. Saturday’s event brought insight to many parents.

“There's a lot of people that came out who want to join our school and learn about the horse and equine therapy,” Jackson said. “We’ve had a great turnout.”

With many newly interested parents, Jackson expects to be busy once they get back to work.

"It's all about giving back to the community," he said. "I've done charity work all of my life, and I've been around horses all of my life. We just want to give back and help people." 

The funds raised will go towards safety equipment like helmets, vests, and a round pen.

If you are interested in knowing more about Diego Ranch and what they provide, visit their Facebook page here

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