Horse and Buddy

Volunteers help Chase learn to post at Horse and Buddy in New Hill, North Carolina on June 16, 2020. This was Chase’s first ride back after Horse and Buddy closed to protect its staff, volunteers, and students during the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Melanie gives a treat to Max after her lesson at Horse and Buddy in New Hill, North Carolina on June 16, 2020. Discussing Melanie’s experience with riding, her mother says, “It fills me with joy to see her”.
Affectionate thoroughbred Max cools down with a walk after a student ride at Horse and Buddy in New Hill, North Carolina on June 16, 2020. Horse and Buddy’s mission is “to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs through equine assisted therapies and activities in a safe and caring environment.”
Quarterhorse Panama shows his appreciation for a treat after a student ride at Horse and Buddy in New Hill, North Carolina on June 16, 2020. Panama is partial to peppermints, and is known for the faces he makes when he earns his treats.
A volunteer removes Panama’s halter after a student lesson at Horse and Buddy in New Hill, North Carolina on June 16, 2020. The lessons last approximately 45 minutes, and while they encourage independent riding, volunteers are never more than a couple of steps away.

Learn more about Horse and Buddy Therapeutic Riding Program.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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