Therapy and Adaptive
Riding Details

Hippotherapy Experiences

Hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathologists use evidence-based practice in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.

Best practice dictates that the American Hippotherapy Association trained therapist integrate hippotherapy into the clients plan of care along with other therapy tolls and/or strategies.

Adaptive
Riding

Adaptive Riding is taught by PATH Certified Riding Instructors specialized to teach riding lessons to clients with disabilities.  

The instructors will adapt their teaching style, the environment, and/or equipment to facilitate acquisition of riding skills and participation in an enjoyable recreational activity.

Horsemanship Experiences

Horsemanship experiences are dependent on the individual and may include riding a horse with staff assistance, or it may include interacting with a horse in other ways including petting, feeding, or grooming. 

Horsemanship experiences are available through our summer camp program. If you are interested in a horsemanship experience look for the horseshoe icon in the Summer Camp Catalog.

Additional Treatments

Additional treatments include:
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy Utilizing Manipulation
  • Myofascial Massage
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skill Work
  • Visual Motor Activities
  • Sensory Integration Treatment
  • Range of Motion Exercises

Our licensed occupational therapists provide skilled therapeutic intervention during the entire therapy session.

How to Get Started

1

Contact
Us!

Once you take a look at the experiences our therapy and adaptive riding program can offer, give our director a call or an email at: 952.852.0126 or horsetherapy@truefriends.org. 
2

Schedule an
Initial Consult

Once we’ve answered all your questions, and we determine our therapy and adaptive riding program is a good fit, we invite you out to the arena for an initial consultation. 

3

Determine
Goals

During the initial consultation staff will complete an assessment with the participant, and establish goals to determine a plan of care. 

4

Submit
Application

Following the initial consultation, you will be asked to complete the therapy and adaptive riding application that can be found here.

5

Services
Begin

Once your application has been approved, our director will work with you to place you on a schedule and your therapy and adaptive riding services will begin. 

Cree

Cree

Cree is a beautiful paint mare with a sweet disposition. Previously owned by a loving family, Cree has picked up the duties of her new job in no time. She is a wonderful addition to the herd.

Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Color: Brown Tobiano
Height: 15.3 hh
Born: 2000
Pete

Pete

Pete is a big favorite with all the riders. He loves to back ride and is especially careful with our nonambulatory riders. Pete is our loving and kind horse who is perfect for our therapy setting. He loves kissing and is inquisitive sweet guy. Pete is can be used at all levels of our programming being one of our “gold medal winning” all around horses. His specialty is back riding with individuals who lack sitting balance.

Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 16 hh
Born: 1989
Adagio

Adagio

Adagio is a former eventing and dressage horse. Adagio loves his work and especially enjoys it when riding staff back rides with a client to practice cantering and trotting. As the leader of the herd, he offers a reliable step up for those who have mastered finding their best position and are ready for more advanced riding. Adagio’s big soft movements also allow the rider to experience safe trotting and cantering during back riding.

Breed: Oldenberg
Gender: Gelding
Color: Bay
Height: 16.2 hh
Born: 2003
Lady

Lady

Lady is a sweet girl who has been a therapy horse for over 10 years! Lady is a very sweet and loving mare; her kind and caring personality takes away all of life’s stresses. Her quiet demeanor is great for beginning riders and her smooth western pleasure trot allows her riders to easily learn to post and maintain jump position.

Breed: Quarter Horse/Arabian Cross
Gender: Mare
Color: Chestnut
Height: 14 hh
Born: 1989
Kal

Kal

Kal is a sturdy Quarter horse who was in training as a barrel horse before becoming a therapy horse. Kal’s favorite pastime is laying in freshly cleaned stalls and recouping for his next rider. He is very intuitive to his riders when learning new skills. He is great for first time riders and is always working for that apple.

Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color: Palomino
Height: 15 hh
Born: 2003
Star

Star

Star has been a camp horse for several years. She is an “easy keeper” and has a mellow disposition. Star loves to please whether it is running barrels, trotting on the lunge line, or simply walking the trails. She is always ready to work and is a veteran of the field our longest standing barn resident to date.

Breed: Quarter Horse Cross
Gender: Mare
Color: Pinto
Height: 14.2 hh
Born: 2001
Skippy

Skippy

Skippy is a 24 year old Registered Quarter Horse. He lives up to his name too-as a Red Dun, his coat is the color of peanut butter! Having only lived with his friend Tuffy for the past few years, he is very excited to make a lot of new friends.

Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Gelding
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 1997
Tuffy

Tuffy

Tuffy is a 21 year old Registered Paint Horse. He joined our herd with his friend Skippy in the Spring of 2021, and is already a favorite of many of his riders. His favorite part of the job so far? Western day during Camp!

Breed: Paint
Gender: Gelding
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 2000
Jake

Jake

Jake is a 21 year old Haflinger, which means while he may not be the biggest horse in the herd, he is one of the strongest. He also sports the most mane and tail out of all the horses, so you'll often see him all fancied up with a variety of different braids!

Breed: Haflinger
Gender: Gelding
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 2000
Joey

Joey

Joey is a 12 year old Paint Pony who had brought nothing but energy to the herd! His bravery and curiosity make him a great lesson pony, and is an overall fun personality to have around the barn.

Breed: Paint
Gender: Gelding
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 2009
Chief

Chief

At 7 years old Chief is the youngest member of the our horse family. He's learning a lot, and very eager to please. You can often find him hanging out at the gate, waiting for some cuddles and attention!

Breed: Coming Soon
Gender: Gelding
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 2014
Splash

Splash

Splash is a 22 year old Registered Paint Horse, who was originally trained for reigning and is the daughter of Smart Chic Olena. Her registered name is "A Splash of Olena." She has been a mother of many, so offers a patient and calm disposition.

Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 1999
Cricket

Cricket

Cricket is a 25 year old Tennessee Walking Horse. With her kind and gentle personality, and beautiful wavy mane and tail, Cricket is easily a fan favorite among staff and riders. She also has a special talent, which she will show you for a treat!

Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Gender: Mare
Color: Coming Soon
Height: Coming Soon
Born: 1996
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