Equine Assisted Therapy is the oldest central Ohio organization providing top-quality therapeutic horseback riding instruction for people with disabilities. Participants range in age from four years old to adult with a variety of physical and cognitive abilities. The children and adults served have disabilities like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, gross motor delays, or visual and hearing impairments. Participants benefit from the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of therapeutic equestrian activities with broad-reaching effects that enhance the quality of their lives. Equine Assisted Therapy participants reside in several central Ohio counties, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, and Licking.
Through the therapeutic horseback riding program, children and adults may take part in grooming and tacking, crafts, formal riding instruction, games and exercises on horseback, sensory trail rides, and horse management. Equine Assisted Therapy also offers the StableMates program to allow children to learn about the health, safety, and care of horses; and Horsin’ Around, designed for independent riders with and without special needs, emphasizing learning to ride in balance and rhythm with the horse. These quality therapeutic horseback riding and complementary programs are provided through the work of a small, dedicated staff and very hands-on board of directors.
Equine Assisted Therapy has been a part of the community for 20 years, and in that time, we have built a solid reputation for our professional services, impeccable safety record, high-quality programming, and dedicated staff. We provide a venue that empowers participants of all abilities. Our therapeutic riding program improves physical fitness and gross and fine motor skills; encourages friendship and responsibility; and builds social skills, self-esteem, character, and confidence.
Our staff, volunteers, and students have created a unique sense of community where everyone is accepted, appreciated, and cared about. Several times, a client has left the program to obtain therapeutic riding services closer to home only to return because their experience at Equine Assisted Therapy could not be matched. Our innovative programming allows participants to escape from the confines of their disabilities and experience a new and joyful adventure.