Riding horses helps youths develop skills – Fort Frances Times

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Riding horses helps youths develop skills

Wednesday, 25 January 2012
By Heather Latter, Staff writer

Despite the frosty temperatures Saturday, more than 35 youths from Seine River First Nation boarded a bus and headed to Running Horse Ranch, located in Miscampbell Township just west of Fort Frances, for the opportunity to ride horses and develop new skills.

The outing was part of a initiative called “GEN7” offered through Motivate Canada, a Canadian charitable organization that specializes in improving the lives of young people.

“Equine therapy hits home for a lot of our people because of the connection to horses. They are gentle and understanding, and we use that to teach leadership,” noted Kent Brown, a “messenger” of the GEN7 program, which aims to encourage aboriginal youth to live an active and healthy lifestyle through sport, physical activity, and other means.

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