Winston Churchill once said, “No Hour of Life is Wasted That is Spent in the Saddle.” I believe this is especially true for children who are facing various challenges. Horses, in my opinion, are gentle giants who provide comfort and peace when times are stressful physically, mentally and emotionally. Since 1969, horses have been used as therapy for individuals facing difficulties and challenges in life. Indy With Kids cares about the physical, mental and emotional needs of children from all backgrounds. For this reason, we have compiled a statewide list by county of organizations that offer equine therapy to help children in need. If you know of an equine therapy program that is not listed below, please contact Indy With Kids, so that we can add the information to our list.
Camp Red Cedar
This therapeutic riding program helps children and adults with disabilities improve their physical, developmental and emotional well being. Camp Red Cedar’s PATH, Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructors, along with a team of volunteer horse leaders and sidewalkers, ensure the rider’s safety as he or she learns new skills on horseback.
Camp Red Cedar Facebook Page
East Central Indiana Therapeutic Riding
aka SPUR Therapeutic (Special People United in Riding)
This not-for-profit organization promotes the health and social development of children with special needs through equine assisted therapy.
SPUR Facebook Page
Children’s TherAplay Foundation, Inc.
Children in need receive equine therapy services such as hippotherapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
Contact Children’s Theraplay Foundation
Children’s TherAplay Facebook Page
Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
Agape serves various individuals and groups including families with special needs, at-risk youth and seniors. Agape also offers programs specifically designed for schools, churches, senior communities, veterans, and community centers.
Agape Facebook Page
Open Door Equine, Inc.
Offers riding lessons in western and English as well as ground lessons in horsemanship, halter, and showmanship. Indoor and outdoor arenas available for year round riding, a round pen, and trails. People with disabilities are welcome to all services.
Contact Open Door Equine
Open Door Facebook Page
Edelweiss is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Certified Riding Center in east-central Indiana. All instructors are PATH Int’l Certified. Edelweiss also offers Horses for Heroes classes for U.S. Veterans in need.
Contact Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center
Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Facebook Page
Strides to Success
A PATH Premier Accredited Facility that serves as a resource for individuals, families, organizations, and schools. Strides is a non-profit organization that is committed to positively impact the emotional, mental, behavioral and social challenges of both adults and children that have at-risk behaviors or have special needs.
Contact Strides to Success
Strides to Success Facebook Page
EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Offers indoor and outdoor therapeutic riding lessons that complement the treatment of individuals with physical, mental and emotional conditions.
EquiVenture Facebook Page
Oak Hill Farm Therapeutic Riding
PATH International certified and accredited non-profit service organization dedicated to promoting horseback riding for individuals with challenges.
Contact Oak Hill Farm
Oak Hill Farm Facebook Page
Reins to Recovery
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the physical and mental development of children and adults with social, emotional, psychological or physical disabilities. The program is also effective in addressing the needs of children and adults who have been victims of abuse as well as for youth at risk.
Contact Reins to Recovery
Reins to Recovery Facebook Page
Simmons Physical Therapy at Cedar Knoll Farm, Inc.
Providing physical therapy for individuals in southern Indiana, using hippotherapy techniques. Licensed physical therapist.
Contact Simmons Physical Therapy
The Magical Meadows
Therapeutic horseback riding program that strives to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with special needs.
Contact The Magical Meadows
The Magical Meadows Facebook Page
Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy
This facility works to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities or chronic illness through the use of a variety of Equine Assisted Activity programs such as Therapeutic Riding, Equine Facilitated Learning, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
Contact Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy
Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy Facebook Page
People and Animal Learning Services, Inc. (PALS)
Therapeutic sessions are mounted equestrian activities conducted by a PATH certified instructor for individuals with a variety of disabilities,impairments, and chronic illness to give positive outcomes.
PALS Facebook Page
Easy Gait Farm
Works with special needs children and adults by supporting and assisting with the Indiana Special Olympics Equestrian Participants
Easy Gait Farm Facebook Page
Contact Easy Gait Farm
Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited, Inc.
PATH accredited facility provides educational and therapeutic riding instruction for people with special needs of all ages.
Contact Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited
Stir-n-Up Hope Therapeutic Riding Program
Stir-N-Up Hope is a Not-For-Profit organization that provides free therapeutic riding sessions to individuals with disabilities.
Contact Stir-n-Up Hope
Stir-n-Up Hope Facebook Page
Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Provides equine assisted therapy for children with disabilities, children dealing with mental health issues, children who have been abused or neglected, and youth at risk in Tippecanoe and White Counties and the surrounding areas.
Therapeion Facebook Page
Contact Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center
Bright Hope Riders of the Wabash Valley, Inc. (BHR)
Therapeutic riding program that exists to provide people who have special needs with professionally supervised opportunities to experience physical, mental and spiritual growth through personalized equestrian training in a safe environment. They offer therapeutic riding, hippo therapy, equine psychotherapy and learning and driving.
Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center
Therapeutic riding uses horses as part of a therapy experience in order to improve psychological and physical development.
Sunrise Inc. Facebook Page
Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center
Therapeutic riding services for individuals with disabilities and youth facing difficult life challenges
Contact Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center
Therapeion Facebook Page
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