Hancock County

No more horse therapy as gates close on Gaits to Success

Masson Couture rides Blaze during a lesson at Gaits to Success in Kiln in 2009. The horse therapy program has closed down its website and Facebook page and is not returning phone calls amid rumors it has been shuttered because of lack of funding.
Masson Couture rides Blaze during a lesson at Gaits to Success in Kiln in 2009. The horse therapy program has closed down its website and Facebook page and is not returning phone calls amid rumors it has been shuttered because of lack of funding.

After more than 25 years of providing therapeutic activities through horses to disabled and special needs children, a Hancock County horse farm has closed.

The website for Gaits to Success, which was at 7552 Kiln-Picayune Road in Kiln, is no longer in service and the nonprofit’s Facebook page has been shut down. The phone for Gaits to Success has also been disconnected.

Gaits had about 40 students enrolled at one time in its 11-week programs. The classrooms were made up of students from Picayune, Waveland and other schools in South Mississippi. Gaits was an affiliate center member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.

In February, supporters of the ranch, including former Hope Haven Director Terry Latham, wrote letters to the Sun Herald pleading for people to make donations to Gaits. It was operated through donations.

“It is very sad to see it close,” Latham said. “It provided a much needed service for special needs children — I remember standing watching the children, who were in wheelchairs, ride on the horses and their parents were just so excited for them and amazed to see their child do something they never thought possible.”

SunHerald.com will update this report.

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