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New horse at Camp Courageous offers new experience for many campers

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Camp Courageous has a new four legged friend, and her name is Molly.

She's a four-year-old horse, trained to pull a cart around the camp.

While having a horse program is nothing new for the camp, it's been years since they've had horse trained to pull a cart.

 "It's really great when the campers enjoy it. Those campers who might have difficulty doing the traditional horseback riding, have the opportunity to still do and experience horseback riding in the cart," said Uriel Moorer, the camp's nature director.

Molly was bought with funds donated to the camp specifically for the purchase of a cart horse.

She came to the camp mostly trained, needing just six weeks with camp staff to get trained to get used to hauling campers around.

The addition of a cart horse means the many campers who physically can't get on a horse now have the chance to interact with one.

"What we love about the cart rides so much is that it's accessible. So a camper who uses a wheelchair, who might not be able to sit on horse, may not have the trunk support, we can do the cart ride, so it's a good alternative," said Jeanne Muellerleile, camp director.

Molly is now in her second week providing rides to campers.

The cart, which the camp has had for years, also has a ramp, so campers in wheelchairs can be given rides as well.

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