Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy used by physical, occupational, or speech therapists that
incorporates the use of horses as a therapeutic tool to address a variety of physical, sensory, and
cognitive challenges. Licensed therapists use the multi-dimensional movements of the horse to elicit
specific responses from individuals undergoing therapy.
Horse Powered Reading® combines social-emotional learning with academics, which enables
participants to engage their whole selves in reading metaphors. Participants collaborate with horses on
the ground, using toys and props to identify obstacles and discern reading skills. Together with
motivation, confidence, and persistence, these horse-instilled skills lead to significant learning growth.
Our Powerful Equine Assisted Self Exploration program is a team effort that brings together an equine specialist, one of our horses, and
a participant. Our program aims to improve the social and educational skills of individuals facing
behavioral and emotional challenges through equine-facilitated learning and metaphorical experiences.
Our horses are central to teaching participants body awareness, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and
Our Starfish Foster Program is designed to support children who have been placed in the foster care
system and/or are in the process of being adopted or who have been adopted within the last year. We
assist children and their adopting families by providing resources and encouragement to help create a
relationship built on trust that can offer better outcomes during and after the adoption process.
Our Ansley’s Army of Angels program offers equine-assisted therapy services to children who are
currently battling cancer or who are recovering from cancer treatment. We offer a recreational and
peaceful setting that is handicap accessible for children during all stages of illness.
Therapeutic riding, also known as equine-assisted therapy, adaptive riding, or horseback riding therapy
is a recreational form of therapy, sometimes taught by a non-therapist instructor, which teaches riding
and horsemanship skills, aimed to improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being for
people of all abilities. Participants develop these skills on and off the saddle in a safe manner that is
adapted to their specific needs, goals, and abilities.