Pennsylvania barn for therapeutic horses destroyed

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Storms that brought high winds to western Pennsylvania are being blamed for destroying a barn that housed horses for a charitable organization that offers therapeutic riding programs for people with disabilities.

Property owner Dan Wolfhope tells WJAC-TV that the Johnstown barn is part of the non-profit Best of Friends Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program.

Organizers expect to rebuild, but say they rely on donations to operate the program about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Mike Sutton, the organization’s president, says the barn was built last fall.

The horses are used by children and adults suffering from autism, spina bifida, and those who are blind or suffering from brain injuries.

Wolfhope says, “The horses are trained to work with people with special needs.”

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