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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding, also known as Equine-Assisted Therapy, Equine-Facilitated Therapy, or Riding for the Disabled, is the use of the horse and equine-based activities to reach the specific objectives of our special needs population.

The horse becomes partner and therapeutic tool in achieving a variety of goals that are cognitive, physical, social, educational and behavioral.

Our PATH-certified instructors motivate our riders utilizing the barn experience and the joy of the horse/human connection. The combination of grounded horsemanship skills and mounted riding lessons creates a challenge that inspires confidence, encourages independence and builds trust.  Sessions are 30-50 minutes and can be scheduled for once a week or bi-weekly.

Goals for riders may include increasing physical abilities, developing  behavioral and communication skills, improving critical thinking skills and enhancing emotional well-being. All of our riders have plans that are tailored to their specific needs and desired objectives.

At Ivy Hill, we have a passion for training riders in sportsmanship and equitation, and believe in the benefit of learning life lessons with the help of a little horsepower.

Become part of the equation: Horses + Love = Hope.

Some of the many specialized programs Ivy Hill offers

Kids Rein - An early intervention program for Ages 3-5 focusing on goals and outcomes.

Trail with a Twist - Sensory trail for all ages and with appropriate diagnosis.

Silver Reins and Golden Saddles - program that focuses on the physical, social and cognitive benefits for seniors, age 50 and up.


Pieces of Freedom - Specifically designed for the Autistic rider.

Open Hearts, Endless Hope Project - Our new program for riders with cancer, focusing on stress reduction, comfort, and relief from clinical surroundings.


Mane Force - A Youth-at-Risk program focusing on life and social skills training.

The David Program - A life skills mentoring program to train disabled youth the skills required for retail and customer service occupations.