Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding offers individuals with physical, psychological, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities the unique opportunity to gain a sense of independence, become assertive and increase self-confidence.

Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with individual’s education, physical, psychological, social and recreational goals in mind.

Prospective participants who express interest in our therapeutic riding program are provided with information and the forms required for application. Once all forms are completed and returned to us, our experienced and licensed staff assesses the applicant's eligibility.
When an applicant is accepted in our program, therapeutic goals are established and progress is documented. Most participants have one 30 minute individual lesson or 45 minute group lesson each week for the length of the semester, with the majority of participants continuing their lessons from one semester to the next. A PATH Intl. certified instructor conducts each lesson using our indoor and outdoor arenas, lesson activities may include developing basic riding skills, exercises, games and riding our scenic trails.

Therapeutic RidingPsychological and Emotional Benefits:

  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Increase concentration
  • Reduce stress/anxiety
  • Develop positive problem solving skills
  • Increase self-control
  • Achieve a feeling of accomplishment

Physical Benefits:

  • Improve balance
  • Improve coordination
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Visual and spatial orientation
  • Sensory integration/stimulation


Interested? Download our enrollment packet by clicking here and call Chris Strain, LICSW Program Director with any questions at (413) 569-5797.

Doreen with RiderVolunteer Opportunity

Come Join our Volunteer Team and become part of a supportive and positive community! Volunteering at The Strain Family Equestrian Center, LLC is more than a regular donation of time and service, it is an opportunity for you to receive back another person’s hopes and dreams. Our volunteers learn new skills and gain experience working with individuals with disabilities and horses. Training will be provided for all volunteers. Horse experience is not required.

Some of the benefits of volunteering at The Strain Family Equestrian Center include:

  • Enjoy a professional, energetic and supportive environment
  • Resume building
  • References for school and work
  • Be part of a fun and rewarding experience!

What we need from you:

  • Commitment and reliability
  • Willingness to learn and put forth good effort
  • Effective communication
  • Be kind and respectful of others

Interested in becoming part of our volunteer team? Download our volunteer packet by clicking here and call Chris with any questions at (413) 569-5797.