Therapy Horse

rider in gray tank top and black breeches rides sorrel horse in English saddle on grass

Angie

On April 6, 2018, I stood in a college auditorium and scanned rows filled by my faculty colleagues, students, family, and friends—the people I most admire and want to respect me. Then I said something I never thought I’d utter aloud...

woman in wheelchair smiles next to black therapy horse at equine therapy barn

Pride

I have been riding at the REATH Center for two years now. It has become a big part of my life. When I was born, I was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body.

smiling woman cantering dark bay Paso Fino horse through the wet sand of a beach with ocean waves in the background

Macey & Capri

Oct 17, 2003, a wreck with a drunk driver changed my life in a heartbeat. I went from being healthy and active to using a wheelchair...

a palomino Pony of the Americas stands on a grassy lawn in front of a red barn

Hamilton

"From therapy lessons with children with cerebral palsy to teaching a beginner rider with a slight mental disability how to trot by themselves to competing in mid-level eventing, Hami does it all..."

sorrel horse with star and stripe

Hotrod

"It was a July day, the sun was bearing down, and I had just slid out of the saddle after a trail ride. My helmet was loose—most of my hair was gone. My blood pressure was low, a side effect of chemo..."

therapy horse smoke

Smoke

"Smoke is a bay Quarter Horse and he is our go-to horse for beginner children at Lets Saddle Up..."

Army veteran John S. stands next to therapy horse Hot Rod, petting his neck

Hot Rod

"I'm an Army veteran who has a traumatic brain injury, major depression, and anxiety. Before I got involved with horse therapy life just felt like a dark road I was just wandering on..."

Older looking horse wearing a pink and black winter blanket walks through a pasture

Sugar

"Thirty-two-year-old Sugar has been patient with over 150 young children thus far..."

palomino Morgan horse with black rope halter

Kiwi

"Kiwi is a one-in-a-million therapy horse. She's a 20-year-old Haflinger that's been with us for over 15 years..."

young rider sitting on a bay horse at therapeutic riding center surrounded by volunteers

Nemo

Nemo was an 11-year-old Welsh pony listed online for sale. The ad said he was a hunter/jumper pony, great temperament, and ridden by a child...

woman with PTSD and anxiety hugs therapy horse

Fancy

Last summer I found myself in a really bad place. I was barely functional and could barely leave the house...

young boy (with happy face emoji over face to protect identity) holding a blue rope and leading a sorrel horse. The boy is also petting the horse's cheek.

Buttons

Tentatively and quietly he said, "I can't go to school." The words came out as if they had been clawing in his throat all day and finally managed to narrowly escape...

woman wearing blue shirt and black cowboy hat riding a sorrel horse and giving a thumbs up

Kody

I was the Equestrian Director of a private school named Bachman Academy, for children with special needs. They ranged in grades from middle school to high school...