Healing With Horses

Some impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak are obvious: businesses have closed, the economy is struggling, and the lives lost exceeds 120,000 in the United States. What’s less apparent is the emotional and mental toll of social isolation, serving on the front lines at medical facilities and caring for sick loved ones.

When social distancing mandates are finally lifted, Jonathan Friedlander ’85 and his wife, Stacy, are likely to be overwhelmed with requests for services at EquiCenter, the 200-acre farm near Rochester, New York, that uses 30 horses to deliver therapeutic programs to at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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