Volunteers help Equine Therapy Program Recover

Jeff Miller, an electrician from Summit Electric in Barnhardt, works on one of the flood-damaged electric switches at Ride on St. Louis, an equine therapy program in Kimmswick on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Located next to the Mississippi River, the facility was flooded and heavily damaged in late December. Volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association are volunteering their time and materials to get the therapy program back in business. Summit Electric is managing the repairs. Ride on St. Louis has nine horses that are used by about seventy disabled people and veterans for equine therapy. The program has been located at this farm since 2002. This is the third time that it has been flooded, but the water reached it's highest level this time at about midway up the side of the stalls. Ride on St. Louis also has had help from painters, plumbers and pipefitters to restore the operation. Many people from the community have also helped, including the Seckman High School wrestling team. Now the spring program for disabled horse riding that normally starts around March 7 will be delayed only a couple of weeks. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com