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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Riding Unlimited's therapeutic horsemanship program, using specifically designed lessons, is dedicated to providing equine assisted therapy to individuals with disabilities. Riders are medically referred and staff is certified or registered in this field. Our facility is rated a Premier Accredited riding center by the Professional Association Of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

Target demographics: individuals with disabilities, military veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 140 riders and their families utilizing our equine partners

Geographic areas served: Denton, Tarrant, Collin, Wise and Dallas Counties

Programs: Therapeutic Riding & Equine Assisted Therapies which use the power of the horse to improve the lives of individuals with physical, educational and intellectual disabilities -one ride at a time. Therapeutic riding provides both physical and psychological benefits for riders giving them a sense of achievement and control seldom found in other environments.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Pamela Koss J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer with Riding Unlimited in the mid 1990’s. Caring for the horses, bring a side walker or a coach for Special Olympics and working with the rides were some of my most favorite memories of my time in Texas. Riding Unlimited will always have a place in my heart. I donated today in memory of Izod, the horse I worked with and became my friend. Pam Koss

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers at this non-profit go above and beyond to make it a successful organization. They are committed to their riders and always welcome with open arms those that are in need of therapeutic riding.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to Riding Unlimited in the spring of 2001 looking to volunteer and be around horses. It was the best decision I ever made. RU is more than just a therapeutic riding program it is a place where people, both special needs and able bodied people can go to enjoy themselves, to become a confident person within themself. No matter what disability they may have every rider and volunteer has learned that "you can do it" aren't just a few words. They CAN do it and can do so much more.

Riding Unlimited is SO much more than just a therapeutic riding program. Its a place where special things happen to special people..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Riding Unlimited is a nonprofit that far exceeds expectation. The riders are consistently put first and given the attention they need. The instructors are knowledgeable, caring, and tailor the experience exceptionally well for every rider. I would recommend Riding Unlimited any day.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Riding Unlimited, a therapeutic horseback riding facility for the disabled, for the past 10 years. I am still always amazed, and deeply moved, when I hear our riders' stories and see the differences the program has made in their lives. It is nothing short of magical. Not only are the physical achievements of the riders notable, the program provides a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence which many have never experienced. I am proud to be a part of Riding Unlimited, and of the positive impact our staff, volunteers, and donors have brought to the lives of our riders.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Board of Directors of Riding Unlimited and after 39 years of dedication to nonprofits, I can say that I've never seen, or been involved with, a more dedicated group of volunteers and staff. This Board is a working board, involved in every aspect of this wonderful therapeutic riding center. The passion comes directly from the staff and riders. Just last week a young rider held his reins in his own hands for the first time in his life! This was a monumental event and all involved from the parents to the instructors to the volunteers were in tears. Riding Unlimited provides so much more than just horseback riding for the physically and mentally challenged. It provides the connection to unlimited opportunities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Riding Unlimited provides a wonderful program for people with disabilities. It is a place for them to go beyond their daily limits and do things they only thought were dreams. They enjoy themselves and create friendships with their instructors and volunteers. They connect with their therapy horse physically and mentally. They are so excited to come to therapeutic riding to be welcomed and have an activity to call their own with great lasting benefits.
--Emily Liechty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at RU since February of 2013 and loved every minute of it/the work we do. The riders are always put first and the atmosphere is safe, friendly, and relaxing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at Riding Unlimited for over 18 months now and I have seen the good that is done at this center.
Our riders make progress in ways most of us take for granted. For instance, being able to dit up on their own because riding helps them gain control of their body. Or someone can't walk but because the horse actually has the the closest motion to the human walk, takes their first assisted steps. It's a piwerful thing to see, it doesn't happen over night, but with continuous ridkng, it can AND does.

The riders bond emotionally with our horses and the riders look forward to their ride every week just so they can ride "their" horse. The horses seem to know how they are needed and loved by their rider.

The instructers and volunteers all work together to make the riding experience a safe, enjoyable and learning time. All of the instructors are PATH Certified and Riding Unlimited is a Certified Premier Therapeutic Riding Center, one of only four Premiere Centers in NTX.