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Spirithorse Therapeutic Riding Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Health, Human Services, 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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Spirit Horse has been an amazing experience for my daughter. It has given her confidence in her abilities. Her trainer has been such an encouragement to her and so uplifting. Abby has loved her times and Spirit Horse and looks forward to going each week. I am very thankful for Spirit Horse!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Spirit hourse is an awesome place. My Autistic son has connected in such an amazing way with his therapy horse it touches our heart. They have such a fantastic facility and we are so lucky to have this gem close to home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After taking my daughter(who was poisoned by cyanide), to many countries, I ended up a political refugeein USA, Childrens MC of Dallas. The doctors changed my vegetative girl, gave her hope, and a future. A doctor told me to enroll into SpiritHorse, to gain her strength to sit ,stand, and walk. We enrolled at SpiritHorse and Mr. Charles took extreme care of Natasha, helped her to ride their pony, which was specially trained to be with handicapped kids. After a few weeks my daughter was able to hold her neck, sit on a stool, and do many things, which many doctors told us would be impossible to achieve in herlifetime. Every sunday morning we visit SpiritHorse. We saw our doctor a few months after the SpiritHorse therapy classes and he was delighted with the changes in my daughter.The staff is so helpful ,kind, and we will remain indebted for a lifetime for the dedicated and tireless work. The smiles they have brought to the hopeless families and the disadvantaged kids, who visit the ranch, are beyond anyones comprehension. Nowhere else in the world could you get that care and love for these kids than SpiritHorse. They need your help to brighten up the lives of these kids from the poorest of families. These families could not have had these opportunities, unless SpiritHorse was willing to provide this service free.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Abdul Azeem (diagnosed with microcephaly) started his Hippotherapy on Pony when he was around 3 year old at this location.
I do see greate improvement in my son's of leg muscle strenghthing and backbone stiffness after couple of months. This organization really helping kids with specail needs, these kids learn various technics like leading a horse, following direction, follow commands,etc. I strongly recommend special needs families to visit this organization , get the services and see the changes of their loved special needs in their daily living.