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Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex opens

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/10 6:21 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- Precious Smith looks forward to therapy.

"It's enjoyable," said Smith.

She's endured cancer and three amputation surgeries.

Her therapist recommended horseback riding and it works.

"After I'm finished riding, all my muscles in my back are aligned correctly which improves my walking and stance," added Smith.

This form of therapy is offered to adults as well as children who have special needs.

"The gate of a horse mimics the walk of a human, so they build muscle they're typically not able to use," said MSU Extension Service Associate Cassie Brunson.

The Elizabeth Howard 4-H Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center is one of a number of facilities found at the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex.

The complex officially opened Thursday, April 10.

"Oh! We love it. We come out here and practice and the kids just have a blast. It's somewhere local you can come ride and practice," said Jennifer Edwards.

An ATV training center and a series of trails are located on some 63 acres donated by one of the founding members of Bryan Foods.

There's also archery, a shooting range and nature trail.

"We are really excited about this facility. We have the chance for them to get to do some things they wouldn't get to do normally," said Wendy Vickers.

"I'm really excited because we don't get to do this anywhere else," said Lessie Vickers.

The 4-H Foundation of Mississippi secured funding through donors and state funding agencies to develop the complex.

For more information about how your child can participate or therapy services, call the MSU Extension Service office in West Point. That number is (662) 494-5371.
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