Rawhide officially purchases horse therapy academy

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NEW LONDON, Wis. (WBAY) - Rawhide has officially purchased horse therapy provider CHAPS Academy.

Rawhide, an organization that offers services to at-risk youth, has announced that it plans to re-open the Shiocton facility this year.

CHAPS, a state licensed mental health clinic, closed in January due to low reimbursement rates. It offered equine therapy as an alternative to traditional therapy sessions.

Rawhide entered the picture and agreed to take over CHAPS with the goal of re-opening the stable doors on May 1, 2018.

Rawhide says the therapy program will continue to primarily focus on girls and their families.

“Rawhide is actively seeking input from area mental health providers to tailor services at the CHAPS facility to serve the vital needs of the community,” stated Becky Heldt, Rawhide Clinic Administrator. “Because Rawhide has a long history of using horses in treatment programs with at-risk youth, there will be a lot of parallels in the services Rawhide intends to operate at the CHAPS facility."

Those interested in equine therapy programs should call 1-877-300-9101.

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