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Partnership at Equestrian Center Benefits Pioneer Students

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The Chillicothe Campus of Ohio University has partnered with Ohio University-Southern and the Pioneer Center to offer events for students with disabilities at the OU-C Charles and Daisy Black Equestrian Center. During a recent event, the Southern campus’ Ohio Horse Park provided horses and equipment that enabled Pioneer students to have 30-minute individual therapeutic riding lessons, while another group of students learned how to care for horses.

OU-Southern provided six interns to assist the students in their riding and working with the horses.
These endeavors carry out the spirit of the horse farm. One of Charles and Daisy Black’s vision for the farm after their deaths was to have Ohio University Chillicothe sponsor equestrian events for individuals with disabilities.  Watching the faces of the Pioneer Students engaged in these activities revealed that riding and caring for horses instilled a sense of accomplishment for the participants.

-Office of the Dean, OU-C