Therapeutic Riding

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Riders at Horses & Horizons
Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. welcomes children and adults of all ages with a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. These include, but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, autism, learning disabilities, hearing and vision impairments, Down Syndrome, and developmental delays.

Riders must have a diagnosis as well as a prescription for therapeutic horseback riding and a signed release from their doctor. Before being accepted by HHTLC, each rider is evaluated to assess his or her specific needs and to set goals. Riders as young as two years of age may be accepted. There is no upper age limit, but there is a 150 pound weight limit for riders. This is because it can be difficult for horses to carry especially larger riders who have disabilities and the attending balance issues.

In the interest of safety for our riders and the continued well-being and usefulness of our animals, we must reserve the right to determine the eligibility of a rider based on our ability to offer them a safe and effective riding experience that will not be harmful to our animals — regardless of how much a rider weighs.

If you would like to enroll a rider, please download, complete, and mail the forms located in "Forms for Riders".

If you have questions concerning the lesson program, call Harvey or Elaine Smith at 570-386-5679, or send an email to

Riders pay a nominal lesson fee, but partial financial assistance is available for those who can demonstrate need. Most of the program's operating expenses are covered by proceeds from numerous fundraising activities and donations. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation, please refer to "Ways To Give".