Contact Us
Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack
Return to your home site

Menu

Hackensack Daily Voice serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: RECOGNIZE HIM? Cliffside Park Police Seek Help Finding Lock-Picking Burglar
lifestyle

Young Hackensack Patients Feel 'Pony Power'

Yee-haw! A youngster takes a pony for a ride at Mahwah's Pony Power Therapies.
Yee-haw! A youngster takes a pony for a ride at Mahwah's Pony Power Therapies. Photo Credit: Facebook

MAHWAH, N.J. — A Hackensack hospital is connecting a new group of young patients and their families with the benefits of Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah.

Pony Power, a nonprofit organization, provides therapeutic riding and other horse-assisted activities to special needs and at-risk populations.

Twenty young patients from Hackensack University Medical Center are participating in the second set of summer sessions — the first one to have happened last month.

Nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, pediatric patients ride, feed and groom horses; learn about farming and beekeeping; and decorate rocks that leave a lasting imprint on the path to the garden.

Chrissy Santucci, who's 9-year-old son has a neurodegenerative disorder that attacks white blood cell counts and compromises nerve function, said she saw immediate benefits from the program.

"When he got off the horse, I could tell he was more balanced," Santucci said. "I had heard that would be a benefit, but didn’t really believe it until I saw it."

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Hackensack Daily Voice!

Serves Hackensack, Maywood, Rochelle Park & South Hackensack

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.