Pinetrees Riding Centre

Hold on Teddy! Special donation to help equine therapy sessions

Helping Hands from São Brás has donated a piece of equipment for the therapy sessions held at Pinetrees Riding Centre in Almancil.

On Friday mornings, a dozen clients from the regional Cerebral Palsy Association (APPC) in Faro, consisting of adults and some very young disabled children, benefit from these therapy sessions using the horses at Pinetrees.

The donation, a roller with two hand-holds as seen on pony ‘Alinta’ on the left, was specially made for the job by master saddler Rachael Argo of Três Cavaleiras Saddlery, based near Golegã.

In the picture are Lucy Evans and Louise Kelly, saddle fitters, who are part of the team, and come down regularly to the Algarve to assist horse owners with repairs to their saddlery, fitting, and also in the choice of new saddles too. Pinetrees representatives Teddy and Daniel are assisting with the photo shoot.

‘Alinta’ and ‘Ms. Blossom’ have the special job of helping the very small children and are used by the therapists Isabel and Rita. ‘Pushkin’, ‘Frodo’ and ‘Boneco’ do a half-hour session with the adults under trainer Beverley.

Therapy using the horse is very effective but takes a lot of help from volunteers who give up their time to assist. Would you like to help?

The last session will be held on Friday, December 15 with the usual Christmas theme. It is rumoured that Father Christmas may be dropping in …

For more information and to find out how you can become a volunteer, call 919 363 190 or email [email protected]