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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Horseback Riding
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


It is the mission of Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program to provide individualized equine related therapeutic activities to people with physical, developmental, social, and emotional disabilities, in McHenry and surrounding counties. Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program enriches the lives of our clients in a caring, safe, and challenging environment that will enable them to reach their highest potential.

What We Do:
Children and adults are offered individually designed learning opportunities that are structured to help them in a variety of areas. For many of our students, the simple act of riding has had a significant effect and helped to:

  • Improve their physical condition
  • Increase coordination and balance
  • Instill confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve their decision-making and social skills.

    Medical practitioners, licensed therapists, special education teachers and parents, typically refer students to Main Stay. They receive intense, one-on-one attention from trained/certified instructors that are assisted by a corps of dedicated volunteers. Many of the lessons learned from the back of a horse are transferred to noticeable improvements in the student's daily activities.