My name is Ariel Johnson and I’m a therapeutic rider at Milestones. I was born with cerebral palsy, which has made it difficult to walk.
When I was younger, the only way I could walk was with two crutches. Horseback riding has helped me strengthen my legs. I was able to start walking with just one crutch, then no crutches at all; I walk okay without them now.
I’ve been riding horses for therapy (and fun) since I was 3 years old. When I first started horseback riding, the instructors led the horse for me, but I’m independent now and can ride on my own.
Silver Saddles Riders
The Silver Saddles program provides a fun way for the over-50 crowd to socialize, stay fit, and learn new skills.
My name is Libby Neely and I'm an equine massage therapist. I've been riding and volunteering at Milestones since July of 2017.
I never thought I could ride at my age. It's been quite an experience.
My husband sees a happier me. He can always tell when I've been to the barn and been riding; I come home smiling.
Volunteers & Instructors
Our volunteers and instructors bring the care and expertise that make our programs great!
I’m Peggy Engleman, a volunteer at Milestones for the last five or six years.
What I like most about Milestones is working with other volunteers and the kids. Everyone comes with their own expertise and it seems like people respect each other – it doesn’t matter who you are.
I’ve loved horses since I was a kid, but I’m not very good at riding. My parents were terrified, so I didn’t start learning until I was 50, after 25 years of teaching. Volunteering here gives me my horsey fix and a chance to work with kids again. I’ve seen some incredible things happen when you put a kid on the back of a horse.