COLUMBIA -Students of all ages are learning to ride horses through the Stephens College Summer Riding Program. The program has been teaching riding students, ages eight and up for the past 40 years.
Students get to know about the horses and build good relationships with them. They can also learn the basics of riding and about horse care.
The beginners class is the most popular one among all the courses the program offers. The director of the program, Sara Linde Patel, said they only take six students for each class for safety reasons. The second summer session is underway, and classes are full.
Aly Mckee is a 12-year-old student who returned for her second year. She said she has her "best friends" here and she enjoys interacting with the horses. "The horse gets to know you when you groom him," she said.
Patel said the program is a good opportunity to reach out the community. "They are experiencing the true love by being one-on-one with the animal and communicating without using words," she said.