WENATCHEE — Changing lives with the healing power of horses, that’s what Alatheia Riding Center does.

The therapeutic horseback riding center serves people with a wide variety of special needs, including physical, social or learning disabilities.

They’ve had riders ages 3 to 85 at center in Sleepy Hollow Heights, west of Wenatchee.

Nancy and Glenn Grette started the center in 2011 with 12 riders. Now they have over 80 riders a week.

The horses used for the therapy are Norwegian fjord horses, picked because of their gentle and calm nature.

“The lives that are changed here are not only the riders that participate in the program but the volunteers who come to support the work and activities that we do,” Nancy Grette said.