Six years ago Vickie Thurber filled a void.

In spite of the numerous horse farms and riding barns dotting the roads and fields of the Island, there was, Ms. Thurber felt, something missing in the equestrian community: therapy riding.


Kara Joanna horse

Take a drive up-Island and you’re guaranteed to spot a horse or two grazing in a field. Draft horses, show horses, miniature horses — equines of all sorts flourish here.


Horse Lovers Needed

Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center needs help with horses — grooming and tacking up, barn cleaning, sidewalking in lessons, pasture raking, public relations and other jobs. Potential volunteers ages 16 and over are invited to find out more on Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at 40 Red Pony Farm Road, off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, a quarter-mile towards West Tisbury from the airport on left. For details, call 508-693-6112.

Do you love horses and helping people? Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center is having a volunteer recruitment day. The center, based at Red Pony Farm in West Tisbury, needs help from anyone aged 16 or over in many areas: grooming and tacking up horses, barn cleaning, side-walking in lessons, pasture raking, public relations, and more.