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Riding for Life ‘begins new cycle of equine therapy sessions in Guápulo
2,860 equine therapy sessions, given by therapists from the Equestrian and Remonta Unit of the National Police (UER), contributed to the integral development of more than 2 thousand children and adults with disabilities last year.
On September 11, 2017, the new cycle of the ‘Riding for Life’ project was inaugurated, an initiative of a coordinated social approach between the Ministry of the Interior, the UER and Real Estate, which treats horse-assisted education focused on stimulation and rehabilitation .
Guápulo park this morning received seniors from the Albergue San Juan de Dios and children from different special education institutions in Quito, who will be the first beneficiaries of the equestrian sessions. Approximately 300 people are expected to attend each month.
Major Ernesto Bastantes, head of the UER, thanked the Interior Ministry and suggested that the project be replicated in other cities of the country. «We reaffirm our commitment to support the integral benefit of the most vulnerable groups,» he said.
In addition, he stressed that the service is free and that any citizen, social or educational institutions, can access the therapies with horses, from Monday to Friday, morning and evening.
Irene Miranda, Coordinator of Therapies at the San Juan de Dios Shelter, ‘Riding for Life’ is an innovative alternative that allows older adults to control their anxiety and feel more secure in their environment.
Institutions or persons wishing to be part of this service of the National Police must register in the park of Guápulo and request the service by presenting the card of the National Council for Equality of Disabilities (Conadis) of the beneficiary and fill out a form. Editorial J. P. / Quito / MDI / DNCE.