Founded as Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc., The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship is central Ohio's original therapeutic riding organization. The center has been providing top-quality therapeutic horseback riding instruction for people with disabilities since 1993. 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, post traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety.
Therapeutic horseback riding students use their abilities to learn the actual skills involved in riding a horse. This is not just a pony ride! The active participation required by riding allows our students to benefit from the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of horseback riding. The Horsin’ Around program is designed for independent riders with special needs, as well as typical beginner and intermediate youth and adults. Shane's Cavalry was developed in 2014 to serve our disabled veterans and their families. StableMates is a program designed to help people ages 7 and older learn about horse management.
The Shane Center maintains the core values of transparency, excellence, innovation, individual respect, integrity, and stewardship. 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. Program participants reside in several central Ohio counties, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, and Licking.
As we round out our 21st year at The Shane Center, it is with gratitude to the central Ohio community for sustaining our worthwhile work that has helped so many individuals with special needs. Our energy for continuing this work is strong, and we are filled with BIG ideas for enhancing our existing therapeutic programs and constantly looking for our next step to enrich the lives of people with special needs.
The 2014 year has been our BIGGEST year yet and we have BIG plans for 2015--The Shane Center will develop an instructor training program and partner with local universities to offer introductory courses on equine assisted activities. The Shane Center will also continue to enhance its programming, develop its facilities, and fulfill its mission.
We are thinking BIG and looking toward The Shane Center’s future. The generosity of people just like you has brought us such a great distance since 1993--will you help our organization continue to serve those with special needs who gain so much from our programs? We are strong because of support from individuals like you and we are looking to the future with BIG dreams for our riders--your help plays a BIG part in our ability to make a difference in their lives.