It is a brisk February day at the farm off of Livingston Street. Director Patti Lessard greets us with a smile and some carrots as my children are offered the chance to feed the horses. Volunteers are busy in the barn despite the chill. There is no end of work to be done at Strongwater Farm, one of 850 therapeutic riding centers in the United States. Volunteers help with all aspects of care for the property and animals, and work alongside therapists and trained instructors. Though located on the grounds of the state hospital, Strongwater is an independent non-profit with no affiliation with the hospital or the state, though the farm does have the protection of the hospital’s 450 acres of conservation land.
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