Photos: Stress-free strides

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Mellow Michelob, gently takes a carrot from a little girl’s hand, bringing smiles and laughter to the United States Navy personnel at the Victoria Acres Equine Facility’s open house last Saturday in Guilderland. 

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Equine therapy: Congressman Paul Tonko and Victoria Acres’ owner Erin Pashley, with her staff behind the congressman, cut the ribbon to officially open a program meant to combat stress that soldiers and sailors have when they return from military service. ​The facility also offers equine therapy for children with disabilities.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

In remembrance of his grandfather, Jarred Pashley raises the American flag in Victoria Acres Memorial Garden to honor him and other American heroes.   

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Demonstrating the basics of ground working, Army Specialist Justin Butler pats Oakie’s nose before getting her to spin in a circle with the help of equine instructor Meghan Sigtermans.

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