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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Health, Protection Against Abuse, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: The primary focus of spirithorse is to assist individuals with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses.

Programs: Spirithorse therapeutic riding center, dba spirithorse international, is a 501(c)3 that provides free equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities, histories of abuse, at-risk youth and veterans. Our mission is to assist individuals with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses. We change lives. We serve clients entirely free of charge through our research-based, award-winning equine-assisted healthcare program. And we estimate that at least 65% of our families would otherwise not be able to afford this therapy. Spirithorse changes the lives of our clients by aiding in their full scope of development. Our program helps them to succeed in their academic development, their communication and social development, promotes physical health and well-being, and counteracts the effects of disabilities through our research-based methods.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son's Neurologist recommended Spirithorse to us when Aiden was 2 years old. Based on Aiden's brain damage we were told to have hope but be prepared that Aiden may not walk. When we contacted Spirithorse, they took Aiden even though he could not sit up and was ventilator dependent. Early on, it was very difficult for Aiden, very hard work. With the support, compassion and patience from Spirithorse Aiden was able to obtain body strength, balance and endurance and is walking independently. Aiden now really enjoys the riding and looks forward to his sessions. We cannot say enough about Charles and his staff at Spirithorse. They have made a huge impact on our lives.

Misty S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a genuinely wonderful service to offer to the community. I cannot tell you how much Spirit horse has meant to my seven-year old son. It is so touching to see how lights up inside when he is able to take care of and ride his horse. It has made such a difference in his life. Thank you so much, Spirit ,for all you have done and continue to do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been attending Spirit Horse for 10 years. Through their love, compassion and committment they have transformed our introverted autistic child into a young man more confident then we could have anticipated and willing to attempt new things. This is by far his most treasured weekly event and has become an example of what selflessness and dedication can create.

Kimberly31

Client Served

Rating: 5

My medically fragile 13 year old daughter has up to 8 kinds of therapies a week. ALL of her doctors and therapists say SPIRITHORSE has been THE single most beneficial therapy for her. She has been going for 6 years now and we couldn't be more DELIGHTED! The staff are wonderful. The horses are so gentle. And Mr. Fletcher? He must be related to Santa Clause! My daughter looks forward to going every week, and even though she only functions at a 10 month old level, she KNOWS Buttercup, and Buttercup KNOWS her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spirit Horse has been so awesome for my son. He has turned out to be quite the horseman and is taling in full sentences. This has been the best experience we have had. thanks lauri tyler

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was on the waiting list of a year before we were able to enjoy the life changing services offered by Spirit Horse! It was well worth the wait and the drive! The people are exceptional, the horses are amazingly knowledgable. Yes the horses! They know the tolerance level of my child. We are so appreciative and supportive of Spirit Horse and the people that work hard to make sure this service continues to be an option for so many who need it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just love Spirit Horse. My son looks forward to riding his horse every weekend. He has amazingly learned a lot more than what I gave him credit for from just learning the basic steps of getting the horse ready and riding his horse. It's a true blessing for him to be able to connect with nature and Spirit Horse gave him that opportunity. Thank you so much Spirit Horse!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spirit Horse is amazing! My son has been riding there for the past 6 months and it is the thing he most looks forward to each week. It is the most serene place and it is absolutely amazing to watch the miracles happening there! Thank you!!!

Faydra L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two sons who have Down’s Syndrome. The boys are 8 and 11 years old, and we have been coming to Spirit Horse for 4 years. We love the program they have developed, and the trainers are amazing! Coming to Spirit Horse has helped the boys(Christian and Ian) to develop self confidence and their strength and balance. We appreciate all of the hard work that goes into providing this great service. The boys always look forward to coming back each season!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just love Spirit Horse! They have a wonderful staff, it is such a calming and relaxing environment for my child, and the horses are amazing! Everything is so well organized and everyone works with amazing precision! My child has been blessed by being there! We love being a part of something so amazing! Thank you to everyone at Spirit Horse.....it has been a wonderful opportunity! Kelly B.