Green River Star -

By David Martin

Learning to ride high in the saddle


David Martin

Dax Casper, held by his mother Erica Casper, greets a horse Julie Toman is comforting.

The third Rider's Showcase hosted by One Step Closer, an equine-assisted therapy organization, gave students a chance to show off their riding skills to friends and family Thursday at the Green River rodeo arena.

One Step Closer is a group serving people with developmental or physical disabilities, giving them a chance to receive therapy through their involvement with horses.

"We believe anyone can benefit from equine therapy," Ashlee Swett, the group's executive assistant said.

Students are evaluated to see how the program can best benefit them. Swett said movement on a horse is the closes...

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