Trailfest event provides equine therapy via horseback helpers

Riding skills for adults, kids with disabilities

Chloe could not contain her excitement when she learned she’d be riding Rio, a brown horse with kind eyes, through the lush hills at the Meadows of Moorpark.

“I’m so looking forward to it because it’s my first time riding Rio,” the 12-year-old said as she petted the horse’s mane.

Chloe, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, was among about 70 horseback riders who explored the trails as part of Trailfest. The Feb. 9 event was organized by Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, a nonp...

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