A nonprofit is using horseback rides to help people with special needs and disabilities.
GallopNYC runs a therapeutic horsemanship program at multiple locations, including one in Lindenwood, Queens.
Every week, 500 people with various special needs come out to ride.
Jasmary Alfonso-Andaluz of Staten Island says the program helped her deal with multiple sclerosis. Now, she's able to volunteer for GallopNYC.
"I got a spinal chord stimulator implant and I began riding again with GallopNYC this year in February," she said. "This program has helped me with building my core strength, and I've been able to use muscles I haven't been able to use in many years."
To learn more about the program or to learn about volunteer opportunities, go to GallopNYC.org.