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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Our instructors average 25 years of equine experience, and each is NARHA certified or in the process of certification with NARHA.

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : 40% of our students receive scholarships.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


ETA is a small, personalized NARHA, operating center located in a beautiful and peaceful setting for children and adults, aged three and up, with intellectual and/ or physical disabilities. About 18% of our clients are children and adults who are not disabled, but who value private English or Western lessons from certified instructors that emphasize safety, and that are taught at a pace and with content that closely matches individual needs. All riders enjoy music, games, exercises, and stimulating books made in this much sought-after format!

Safety is our top priority, so we loan certified helmets, boots, and body protectors to all students, instructors and volunteers.

All of our lessons are private, offering superb one-on-one skill development.

Regular therapy lessons in a series of 12 each quarter are 1.5-2 hours in length, providing two to three times more therapy per session, at roughly the same cost!

ETA has added four new programs: Pre-riding Skills Development Programs for three year olds and those with substantial cases of autism and or developmental delays, and a Pre-Driving Program for those with severe allergies and or a fear of heights. Each of these Pre-Riding or Pre-Driving classes are 30 minutes in length in a series of eight lessons.

We train parents or other family members as sidewalkers, thereby assuring instant therapy feedback and creating an enjoyable family experience.

ETA is an Operating Center member of North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA), and has begun the Premier Center accreditation process.

ETA offers lessons year-around in English and Western, and will soon offer driving.

Each lesson includes instruction in theory and small amounts of stimulating homework as well as exercises tailored to the individual�s needs.

ETA is located in Montgomery County�s beautiful Agricultural Reserve, 45 minutes from downtown DC, 35 minutes west of Bethesda/Chevy Chase, and 5 minutes west of Potomac, MD.