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Several riders from the Walk-On Therapeutic Riding School helped deliver 256 pounds of food to the River Falls Community Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 17, bringing the food in a horse-drawn buggy. School owner-operator Ken Giske sits in the buggy's driver seat. Submitted photo

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Several riders from the Walk-On Therapeutic Riding School helped deliver 256 pounds of food to the River Falls Community Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 17, bringing the food in a horse-drawn buggy. Walk On owner-operator Ken Giske -- pictured driving the buggy -- said the group loaded it in town then drove it a short way to the food pantry, with some people riding in the buggy, some walking along with it and some driving their cars to meet the group. Riders, their families and volunteers all helped collect the food over a five-week period, hoping to help out the food pantry during a high-demand time of year. Walk On provides services for kids with mental and physical disabilities. Horseback riding provides not only their confidence but also the kids' social, emotional and physical skills and health. The Giskes -- Ken and his late wife, Katy -- are well-known area "horse people" who established the riding school in 2001 at their town of Kinnickinnic property.

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Learn more about the program at its web site: www. walkontherapeuticriding.org. Call the school at 715-425-2025 or e-mail at walkon@usfamily.net.

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