SpiritHorse of Virginia has expanded to Salem.
The non-profit originated in Franklin County, serving special needs or disabled people in our area. The group allows people of all ages to learn how to ride a horse or walk with a horse, or gives them the experience of being around a horse.
SpiritHorse of Virginia executive director Shelly Thomas says they've had such a response at their Franklin County location, they were thrilled to add another.
"We have 70 riders on our farm, but we are very rural," Thomas said. "I would venture to bet we would have 150 riders at this location."
A Salem family is allowing the group to use their property for the expansion. The non-profit cut the ribbon on the new location Tuesday.