By Hilary Caton, Communications Coordinator
Once a week for six weeks, a handful of CAMH patients excitedly boarded a bus for a 45 minute drive to Halton Hills.
Driving through the countryside, patients pass lush greenery all around them showcasing stunning fall foliage.
It’s all part of the build up to their planned destination—their arrival at Top Rail Stables.
It’s where they participate in CAMH’s Stable Visits and Horse Riding Program, courtesy of the Gifts of Light Comfort Fund. During the course of six weeks patients got familiar and comfortable around the horses at the facility by grooming and walking them. And when they’re ready, they have the chance to ride them too.
“We have seen high levels of engagement and enthusiasm from our program participants," says Theresa Bernard, an Occupational Therapist and one of the program coordinators.
Some of the patients, she adds, have never even left the city, so these trips give them the chance to explore what’s beyond the walls of CAMH and even Toronto.