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Program Details


Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Stables and grounds

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: NARHA certified instructors, EAGALA certified instructors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Behavior Consultants, Autism Consultants
  • Staff Certification:NARHA, EAGALA

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Adaptive riding equipment, mounting ramps and use of volunteers for physical support.

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Fees range across programs. Standard fees for therapeutic riding- $20 per lesson for private or group. Group lessons have no more than 3 riders and last 45 minutes. Private lessons are 30 minutes. Mental health programs for youth and adults with emotional difficulties vary depending on individual situations. Some are at a reduced cost for Boone County residents. Public programming fees vary. Check our website for details.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Morning Dove appreciates the incredible effect horses have on individuals and the therapeutic benefits they have to offer. Morning Dove offers several programs to meet the individual needs of children and adults with physical and emotional disabilities, as well as, at-risk youth. Through a partnership with St. Vincent Hospital, they offer hippotherapy, a program for children that uses the horse to facilitate outpatient therapy in a fun and safe environment.

Individuals with the following disabilities often participate in therapeutic riding:

  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Brain Injuries
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding include:

  • Relaxing tight muscles
  • Improving posture and balance
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Decreasing muscular atrophy
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Elevating cardiovascular and pulmonary output
  • Improving joint and muscle function
  • Enriching self-esteem and confidence
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Developing proprioception and sensory motor skills
  • Improving social skills and overall quality of life