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Date:6/22/2010

Imagine never being able to walk or even sit up straight and then, one day, you're able to run through a meadow and feel the wind against your face. That's the feeling that many children get for the very first time when they join the Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs at CAN-TR (Chatham Area Network for Therapeutic Riding), a new nonprofit founded and directed by physical therapist and Siler City resident, Lisa Reynolds.

(Vocus) June 22, 2010 -- Imagine never being able to walk or even sit up straight and then, one day, you're able to run through a meadow and feel the wind against your face. That's the feeling that many children get for the very first time when they join the Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs at CAN-TR (Chatham Area Network for Therapeutic Riding), a new nonprofit founded and directed by physical therapist and Siler City resident, Lisa Reynolds.

Reynolds has worked in nonprofit Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs for nearly 20 years. CAN-TR is the second nonprofit organization Reynolds has founded to work with horses and ponies as a means of physical therapy for individuals living with mild to severe mental and physical challenges. Karen Davis, another long time equine professional in the world of therapeutic riding, has joined forces with Reynolds to offer her services through CAN-TR.

CAN-TR is based on a flexible network-centered model, allowing the organization to partner with member farms throughout Chatham County and increase the accessibility of the programs. Services are currently being offered at Laurel Ridge Physical Therap
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