What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic Riding consists of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). Among other things, EAAT can include horseback riding, mounted and ground activities, and grooming and stable management. A therapeutic riding center’s participants, volunteers, instructors and equines interact as teams to achieve goals set for each participant in the context of one or more EAATs.

Therapeutic horseback riding is the most popular form of Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies. With an overall mission to serve people who have disabilities, each therapeutic riding center offers programs whereby participants can achieve goals set to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and/or educational skills. Focus is given to the development of both therapeutic riding skills and the relationship between horse and rider. Certified therapeutic riding instructors provide guidance in the context of a team approach – participant, instructor, volunteers and equine working together – to carry out Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies individualized for each participant.

Shepard Meadows is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center.
We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Our Mission

To enhance the lives of children, youth and adults living with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities through therapeutic interactions with horses and other animals.

Our Vision

A therapeutic riding center offering an environment that stimulates growth, healing and hope through redemptive relationships between people and animals.

Our Services

We provide both mounted and unmounted EAATs in a safe and professionally supervised environment. Horseback riding, grooming, tacking and stable management are among the activities experienced by our participants.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Orientation

When: May 30, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, 733 Hill Street, Bristol, CT 06010, USA

Attendance by reservation only. Call or email contact by Wednesday, May 27th. This will be…

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In the News

Shepard Meadows 10th Anniversary Gala

We are thrilled to tell you about our upcoming Annual Gala fundraising event. This year’s celebration marks our
10 Year Anniversary and is sure to be like no other event we’ve hosted so far!

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