MORRISONVILLE — Marie Postiglione-Dupell of Medicine Horse Farm believes horses are healing.
Her nonprofit farm, opened in 2007, specializes in equine therapy for people with physical, mental, developmental and medical disabilities. After a three-year process that was completed in May 2011, the facility became one of 800 equine centers certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.
Medicine Horse Farm is also certified as a State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Day Habilitation facility.
Postiglione-Dupell, director of Medicine Horse and a PATH International certified instructor, travels around the country to receive training on new cutting-edge therapy techniques so she can stay up to date with the newest developments in equine therapy.
“We’re adjunct therapy to traditional therapy,” she said.
Many participants are referred by a physician, physical therapist, mental-health professional and other care providers.
Medicine Horse offers several different programs, including equine-assisted learning, vocational training, therapy riding, gardening, therapy-nature-based-assisted activities and equine-assisted therapy for veterans.
Medicine Horse will host its second-annual Monster Dash Run and Walk and Goblin Gallop Kids’ Run set for Sunday, Oct. 21, with proceeds going to raise money for a new building for the farm.
About 300 people participated in the event last year.
This year, the Plattsburgh State baseball team and the Clinton Community women’s soccer team have volunteered to dress as zombies.
“The community has just been really wonderful,” Postiglione-Dupell said.
Runners and walkers in the Monster Dash will wear flags that represent their “lives,” and the zombies will try to steal them. However, those who’d rather not be pursued by zombies, can choose not to wear flags.
The zombies are not meant to scare or hurt participants, just steal their “lives.”
While the set and props involved in the Monster Dash will be quite frightening, the Goblin Gallop will lead participants through an enchanted forest where all there is to fear is a headless horseman riding Thor, one of the therapy horses.