True Strides Therapeutic Horseback Riding

True Strides Therapeutic Riding Center offers children and adults the opportunity for Equine Assisted Therapies/Hippotherapy and horse camps that provide life changing experiences.

Therapy Sessions

The initial consult is free and completed by an occupational therapist and riding instructor. At the initial visit an informal evaluation is completed utilizing clinical observations and standardized testing. Written goals are established with parental involvement and a treatment plan is set into place.

Following the initial consult, the individual is then scheduled for one-on-one, 45-minute sessions with a licensed occupational therapist, support staff and of course, a loving, gentle horse. Clients attend weekly sessions with their goals and treatment regularly adjusted as needed.

True Strides is an ideal therapy option for individuals with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Disorders, Developmental Delays, Down syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Speech, Muscle and/or Nervous System Disorders and spinal cord injuries.

Hear what one of our clients has to say about their True Strides experience.


True Strides Offers:

Hippotherapy/Equine-Assisted Therapy
Offered Year-Round

Hippotherapy is occupational or physical therapy that utilizes the horse as a treatment modality. The therapy focuses on emotional and physical developmental, fundamental skills, quality of movement resulting in improved daily living tasks.

Therapeutic Riding
Offered Year-Round

Therapeutic Riding is a riding lesson for clients with special needs. The rider will first learn midline balance/coordination while mounted and moving in all three gaits. The rider graduates to independent riding/steering. This results in confidence, increased self-esteem and overall improved behavior. The therapy focuses on riding and controlling the horse independently for sport, recreation and education.

Horsemanship Experiences at Camp
Offered through Camp

True Strides provides opportunities for individuals of all abilities to experience exceptional equine-assisted activities by facilitating camp sessions with a True Strides component added to them. The full list of camp sessions with True Strides components can be found on page 12 of the camp catalog.
For more information about the programs offered by True Strides please call 952.852.0126 or email

Staff Hiring & Training

True Friends is committed to providing all our program participants and staff with a safe and high-quality experience.

Our process to hire staff begins with partnering with reputable local, national, and international organizations to find individuals best suited for the settings in which we provide services. Once the individual has applied, an average application process includes pre-screens, interviews, reference checks and background checks. Then, once the individual is hired, she/he must complete several hours of online and in-person training.

To learn more about the specific hiring and training requirements of each program or service please call 952.852.0101.

Contact Us

Camp Courage
8046 83rd St NW, Maple Lake MN 55358

Shari Mangas, Director
American Hippotherapy Certified Occupational Therapist, PATH Certified Instructor
Phone: 952.852.0126
Cell: 763.360.4117

True Strides is open Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. by appointment.
To schedule an appointment or a visit
please call 952.852.0126 or

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