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: January 24, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Where: Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, 733 Hill Street, Bristol, CT 06010, USA
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