The Mowrys of Mowry's Lazy Meadows outside Owatonna realized the therapeutic benefit of animals and several years ago began the Ride for the Brand. It's a program featuring horses designed to allow people with special needs and Wounded Warriors to enjoy a horseback ride at their farm. There's no charge for participants, but you should preregister because of space limitations. Go to the Ride for the Brand website to sign up and to learn more. You may also call (507) 455-0913.

The dates this year will once again be Thursday evenings in July starting at 6:30PM. Dates are July 6, 13, 20 and 27. There will also be hay rides and games. If you wish, you may just come out and hang with the horses a while. This program is made possible by area horse enthusiasts and their best friends. If there are any horse people who would like to volunteer to help out at any of these rides, get the information at the Ride for the Brand website.