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Volunteer Antonio Mitchell, left, helps Daniel Roelofs at the Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center in Granite Falls. Therapeutic horse riding sessions are offered two days a week. (Submitted photo)

Busy volunteers at center in Granite Falls, Minn., say demand is great for therapeutic riding


GRANITE FALLS — For children with challenges ranging from autism to learning disabilities, progress can come ever so slowly, one step at a time.

The opportunity to be there when that step is made is what brings Ginny Dambroten to the Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center along U.S. Highway 212 West in Granite Falls.

“To go into that arena and see a small child ride a horse, and the smile on her face,’’ said Dambroten, pausing before adding: “It makes you cry to see that.’’

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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