Therapeutic Riding Programs

Therapeutic horseback riding began over fifty years ago. At one time just an insignificant concept by dedicated equestrians, therapeutic riding has now evolved into a well respected method widely recognized by medical, psychiatric, and social service professionals worldwide.
“Hippos” is the Greek word for horse, so the term Hippotherapy translates as therapy with the use of a horse.

HorseAbility offers a year-round therapeutic horseback-riding program for individuals with special needs. Physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual needs are met through our unique program. Our lessons are designed to meet the needs of each individual, and, by utilizing the skills of horsemanship; we are able to reach personalized therapeutic goals. Each rider is encouraged to be as independent as possible while both on and off the horse.

Research shows that therapeutic riding students can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their body in a manner similar to a walking gait. These riders experience increased balance, muscle control and strength. Riders can also experience increased confidence, independence, and self esteem.


“Hippos” is the Greek word for horse, so the term Hippotherapy translates as therapy with the use of a horse. Hippotherapy, when used as a tool by a licensed Physical, Occupational, or Speech therapist, promotes motor planning abilities, and mobilizes the hips, pelvis and lumbar spine. It also stimulates the central nervous system, activates weak muscles and reduces spasticity.

Hippotherapy may be done with or without the use of a saddle, and with or without the support of a back rider. Our goals are to improve posture, mobility, balance, function and independence.As each individual progresses in our Hippotherapy Program, we always keep in mind the goal of moving the rider into our Therapeutic Riding Program.

HorseAbility offers a year round Hippotherapy program for individuals who would benefit from working with a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or a Speech Language Pathologist.

Riding Lessons

HorseAbility offers English Horseback Riding lessons at all levels from beginner through advanced. Middle School & High School aged riders may be eligible to join our Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team.

Discounts are offered to those who volunteer for our programs. For program availability contact, or call (516) 333-6151 ext:111.