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Recreation: Sports: Therapeutic Horseback Riding


North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA) is a membership organization that certifies and offers accreditation to therapeutic riding programs in the United States. Visitors may search for accredited programs by state on their website.

State Listings


Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to offering therapy through horseback riding to individuals with varying disabilities. So that each rider can realize the benefits of therapeutic riding, the TROT staff evaluates each rider, sets individual goals, and documents progress after each session. For more information, call (520) 749-2360 or e-mail trot@horseweb.com.


Equi-Ed, Inc., a therapeutic riding program in Santa Rosa, California provides an individualized equestrian experience that facilitates academic, personal, social and physical growth for students with and without special needs. They are an accredited center of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). For more information, call (707) 5-HORSES (546-7737).

STRIDES Therapeutic Riding is a non-profit organization located in Tarzana, California. They offer "physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals an opportunity for emotional and physical growth through horsemanship." Various activities involving horse riding are revolved around physical, emotional, behavioral and speech therapy. For more information, call (818) 371-4953.


Special Trinity Riders Involved in Developing Equestrian Skills (STRIDES), serving Will, Grundy and South Cook counties in Illinois, is a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to riding lessons they also host an annual ride-a-thon in which horse enthusiasts of all abilities can gather together. For more information, call (815) 485-6197.

New York

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Therapeutic Horseback Riding is a non-profit group based in New York State that promotes the therapeutic effect that horseback riding can have. The page provides information on the organization, their history, facility, and case studies about success that they have achieved. You can request further information about their program directly through their site.


Blue Heaven Therapeutic Riding Academy is a charitable organization located in the foothills of the western Cascades near Eagle Creek and Estacada, Oregon. Blue Heavens' mission is to provide safe, high-quality therapeutic horseback riding experiences designed to strengthen the minds and bodies of individuals with physical or emotional disabilities. For more information, call (503) 630-2250.

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