SDTR students with instructor and volunteers
"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."
Helen Thompson

Why SDTR

Although we are one of over 800 PATH certified centers, SDTR is very unique in that most of our lessons are one-on-one. Meaning our path-certified instructors provide individualized instruction tailored specifically for the rider they are working with. This focused attention provides an atmosphere for our riders to feel comfortable and thrive. We provide mounted lessons and lessons which include grooming and tacking.

We have a large outdoor ring and we operate 12 months a year and provide lessons on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Why therapy horses?

Horseback riding is a progressive form of therapy for individuals with physical and emotional challenges. The gait of the horse is the closest replicating movement to human gait and can be more effective than traditional, clinic-based forms of therapy. The horse's motion helps improve muscular strength, coordination and balance of the rider.

Equine-assisted therapy also provides psychosocial benefits through equine and human interaction that occurs. The horses, instructors and volunteers create a caring environment that enables participants to gain valuable communication and coping skills.

Conditions served include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Spina Bifida
  • ADD/Hyperactivity
  • Cognitive Challenges
  • Emotional/Behavioral
  • Autism
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Youth at Risk
  • Head Trauma
  • Speech/Visually/Hearing Impaired
  • Multiple Sclerosis