Resources for Equine Programs - US

RIDING HOME’S Index, which also appears below, alphabetically lists organizations available to help people connect with a wide range of therapeutic equine programs, as well as equine programs for self-discovery, personal growth, and reconnection with the natural world. Contact any of these organizations for assistance and to locate a program in your area.

RIDING HOME also alphabetically lists treatment centers, therapeutic riding venues, and equine therapy organizations that are all members of either The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International), The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), or Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and can be contacted directly for information and support.

Research sources for RIDING HOME have included books, journals, magazines, newspapers, organizations, institutions, and websites. They are listed in the Notes Section of the book along with their corresponding chapters.

Equine Resources in the United States

American Hippotherapy Association (AHA)
AHA is part of the international community that provides education, facilitates research, and promotes equine-assisted therapy as an effective treatment strategy for improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Autism Society
301-657-0881 or 800-328-8476
The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all people affected by autism. It increases public awareness and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.

Autism Speaks
888-288-4762 or 212-252-8584
Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism advocacy organization. It sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. It is a resource for equine-assisted therapy programs that work with children with autism.

The Center for America’s First Horse—Natural Horsemanship for Children Program

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
EAGALA is an international nonprofit association that provides education, standards, innovation, and support for addressing mental health and human development needs in the fields of equine-assisted psycho- therapy and equine-assisted learning. EAGALA has more than four thousand members in forty-nine countries.

Equine Services for Heroes Program

Equine Services for Heroes fosters recovery for wounded veterans, including those suffering from PTSD. Information is available from the following three organizations:

Miraval and the Equine Experience

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
NATSAP serves as a resource for programs and professionals assisting young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties—or “Youth at Risk.” Members include more than one hundred fifty U.S. therapeutic and residential treatment schools, as well as wilderness, outdoor therapeutic, young adult, and residential programs. A large number of NATSAP’s members offer programs in equine therapy.

National Wild Horse and Burro Program, U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International
PATH International members, instructors, and centers serve children and adults with a range of physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges, through a variety of equine-assisted activity and therapy programs. The following is a very short list of conditions and challenges addressed every day through PATH International: Amputation • At-risk behavior in youth • Attention-deficit and other hyperactivity disorders • Autism • Cerebral palsy • Developmental delay • Down syndrome • Emotional and behavioral difficulties • Family dysfunction • Grief • Learning disabilities • Multiple sclerosis • Muscular dystrophy • Paralysis • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Reactive attachment disorder • Spina bifida • Spinal cord injury • Stroke • Substance addiction and abuse • Terminal illness • Traumatic brain injury • Visual and auditory impairment • Weight-control disorder

Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP)

The following treatment centers, therapeutic riding venues, and equine therapy organizations (all listed alphabetically) are members of either PATH International or NATSAP. They were invaluable in providing their time and contributions for the creation of this book and can be contacted directly for information and support.

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center

Caron Treatment Centers for Trauma and Addiction

CHAMP (Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program) at Good Hope Farm

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.

HorseAbility, Center for Equine Facilitated Programs

In Balance Ranch Academy

The Meadows Treatment Center for Trauma and Addiction

Treatment center for trauma and addiction

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy