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Learn How Horses Can Help You Heal Physically and Mentally

Horse organizations across the country have created riding centers to heal both physical and mental traumas.  Oftentimes, these organizations operate on a shoe string budget and rely heavily on volunteers to complete their life-changing work. 

In an effort to help, we have created this educational guide to help you understand how a equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) or equine therapy horse center may be able to help you or a loved one.  Plus, we are working to add profiles of locations across the country so you can find a center in your home state.

What Are Some Types of Horse Therapy?

HippotherapyThis medical treatment uses the movement of the horse during riding to improve an individual’s sensory processing.  This type of therapy may help people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, and learning/language difficulties. Usually, two helpers will walk on either side of the rider to offer support during the session. A doctor’s prescription is often part of this treatment and it may be covered by health insurance. Learn more at the American Hippotherapy Association

Therapeutic RidingRiders in this type of recreational program will go beyond just the “movement” of the horse to learn about the care and riding of horses.  Just spending time with these animals can bring about a sense of peace and purpose for people from troubled backgrounds. Learn more at the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Inc.) 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)“At risk” youth get the chance to interact with horses on the ground rather than on horseback. According to the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), this technique “incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.” The goal is to help with communication, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem solving, team work, responsibility, leadership, relationships, confidence, and learning to have a good attitude to accomplish a task.

Veteran ProgramsMany therapeutic riding programs enjoy helping U.S. Veterans recovering from PTSD or looking for a positive activity for stress management.  Veterans will learn to care for and ride horses.

Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) - This umbrella term is often used to describe all ways that horses can be used to benefit people both physically and emotionally -- including both medical and non-medical treatment facilities.  It's important to understand that oftentime true "therapy" is a medical treatment with specially trained staff.  It can even be covered under your medical insurance!  Other facilities may offer horse activities that do not fall under the true scope of a medical "therapy." 

Be sure to check with your individual program to learn the specifics of their classes.

Learn More about Equine Therapy and Therapeutic Riding

Check out this article we wrote about the Healing Power of Horses.  It profiles a group called Healing Hearts With Horses in Runnells, Iowa.  They have several powerful stories of how horses are changing people’s lives for the better – each and every day!

If you would like to recommend a center for addition to this list, please contact us at rkraft@doubledtrailers.com.

Equine-Assisted Activitiy or Therapy (EAAT) Centers in Your Home State

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Celisse’s School of the Equestrian Arts – Mobile, AL

www.cseamobile.org 2568 Sollie Road Mobile, AL 36695 (251) 289-1244

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Hope Horses Inc – Cullman, AL

www.hopehorsesinc.com 1301 Convent Road NE Cullman, AL 35055 (256) 841-6290

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Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa – Cottondale, Alabama

www.trotusa.org 3200 Clements Rd Cottondale, AL 35453 (712) 355-8962

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Hoofbeats With Heart – San Tan Valley, AZ

hoofbeatswithheart.org 43491 N Coyote Rd San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 (602) 421-7718

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Kingman’s Healing Hooves – Kingman, Arizona

www.kingmanshealinghooves.com 4390 N. Glen Rd Kingman, AZ 86409 (928) 279-7581

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Therapeutic Ranch for Animals & Kids – Tuscon, AZ

www.traktucson.org 3250 E Allen Road Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 298-9808

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Equestrian Bridges – Fayetteville, AR

www.equestrianbridges.org 3100 Oakland Zion Road Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 301-2814

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Dream Catcher Therapy Center – Olathe, CO

http://dctc.org/ 5814 Hwy 348 Olathe, CO 81425 (970) 323-5400

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Medicine Horse Program – Boulder, Colorado

https://www.medicinehorse.org 8778 Arapahoe Road Boulder, CO 80303 (720) 406-7630

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Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services – Stonington, Connecticut

horseshealinghumansct.org 340 New London Turnpike Stonington, CT 06378 (860) 572-2942

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Reins of Life – Eastanollee, Georgia

www.reinsoflife.net 1238 Silver Shoals Road Eastanollee, GA 30538 (706) 491-9764

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Bright Star Equestrian Centre – Petersburg, IL

https://brightstarequestriancentre.com/ 13922 State Highway 97, Petersburg, IL 62675 (217) 741-3086

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Equine Dreams – Newark, IL

https://equinedreams.org/ 9775 Fox River Drive Newark, IL 60541 (630) 553-6950

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Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center – Springfield, IN

sunriseinc.org 2670 Minneman Road Richmond, IN 47374 (765) 935-4291

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Lovesome Stables – Dry Ridge, KY

www.lovesomestables.com 250 Boltz Lake Road Dry Ridge, KY 41035 (859) 653-7410

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Great & Small Therapeutic Riding – Boyd, Maryland

greatandsmallride.org 17320 Moore Road Boyds, MD 20841 (301) 349-0075

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Therapeutic Riding, Inc. – Ann Arbor, Michigan

www.therapeuticridinginc.org 3425 East Morgan Road Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (734) 677-0303

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Freedom Farm Therapeutic Riding Center – Waverly, MN

www.freedomfarmmn.org 11500 Ferman Ave SW Waverly, MN 55390 (952) 955-2505

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We Can Ride – Maple Plain, Minnesota

www.wecanride.org 4301 County Rd 24 Maple Plain, MN 55359 (952) 934-0057

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Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc - Washington, MO

http://www.eemv.org/ 785 Yellow Finch Lane Washington, MO 63090 (636) 390-2141

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Horses Spirits Healing – Billings, MT

horsesspiritshealing.org 7256 Hwy 3 Billings, MT 59106 (406) 245-0138

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HETRA (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy) - Gretna, NE

hetra.org 10130 S. 222nd Street Gretna, NE 68028 (402) 359-8830

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Kids & Horses Inc – Minden, NV

kidsandhorses.org 2869 Esaw Street Minden, NV 89423 (775) 267-1775

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New Jersey

Mane Stream – Oldwick, NJ

www.manestreamnj.org 83 Old Turnpike Road PO Box 305 Oldwick, NJ 08858 (908) 439-9636

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North Carolina

Bit of Hope Ranch – Gastonia, North Carolina

http://www.bitofhoperanch.org 5001 CR Wood Road Gastonia, NC 28056 (704) 862-0095

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Saving Grace Farm – Salisbury, North Carolina

www.savinggracefarm.com 725 Jackson Road Salisbury, NC 28146 (704) 209-6577

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Pegasus Farm – Hartville, OH

www.pegasusfarm.org 7490 Edison Street NE Hartville, OH 44632 (330) 935-2300

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Therapeutic Riding Institute – Springboro, Ohio

https://triohio.org 5224 Dearth Rd, Springboro OH 45066 (937) 619-7577

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Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center – Perkasie, PA

www.ivyhillequestrian.org 1811 Mill Road Perkasie, PA 18944 (215) 822-2515

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Take Heart Counseling and Equine Assisted Therapy – Mohnton, Pennsylvania

www.takeheartcounseling.com 4675 New Holland Rd. Mohnton, PA 19540 (717) 455-7328

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Triangle Therapeutic Riding – Reinholds, PA

www.triangletr.org 30 Martin Drive Reinholds, PA 17569 (717) 371-3654

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Healing with Horses Ranch – Manor, TX

www.healingwithhorsesranch.org 10014 FM 973 Manor, Texas 78653 (512) 964-0360

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JoyRide Center Therapeutic – Magnolia, TX

joyridecenter.org 29550 Tudor Way Magnolia, TX 77355 (281) 356-5900

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Spirit Horse Therapeutic Center – Corinth, TX

spirithorsenews.com 1960 Post Oak Drive Corinth, TX 76210 (940) 497-2946

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High Horses Therapeutic Riding – Sharon, VT

highhorses.org 138 Horse Farm Road Box 278 Sharon, VT 05065 (802) 763-3280

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Healing Strides of Virginia – Boones Mill, Virginia

https://healingstridesofva.org 672 Naff Road Boones Mill, VA 24065 (540) 334-5825

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Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program – Clifton, VA

www.nvtrp.org 12935 Popes Head Road Clifton, VA 20124 (703) 764-0269

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Spirit Equestrian – Herndon, VA

www.spiritequestrian.org 2173 White Cornus Lane Reston, VA 20191 (703) 600-9667

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Little Bit Therapeutic Riding – Redmond, WA

www.littlebit.org 18675 NE 106th St Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 882-1554

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Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center – Wausau, Wisconsin

www.stablehandstherapy.com 10710 Evergreen Drive Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 359-6046

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