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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: NARHA Premier Accredited Center
  • Staff Certification:NARHA Certified Instructors

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Specially built mounting ramps, and a wide variety of adaptive equipment are used to accommodate riders with disabilities.

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program :

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. was established in 1983 to provide therapeutic riding opportunities for individuals of all ages with mental, physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Located in East Aurora, NY, about 25 minutes south of Buffalo, Lothlorien is accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and is the longest standing NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Western New York. Programs at Lothlorien are conducted within NARHA�s strict safety guidelines, by NARHA certified instructors and trained volunteers dedicated to providing only the highest quality programs for disabled individuals in the Western New York community.

Our horses are selected for soundness, temperament, willingness and attitude. We use a natural horsemanship approach when working with them, and all of our horses are gentle, responsive and safe for young people to both ride and work with on the ground.

Most clients participate in the program once a week for a 60-minute class. Classes are private, semi-private or group. Classes are offered in 5 six week sessions between March and November. By offering special, individualized instruction, we will help individuals improve their physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. The horse�s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three dimensional movement pattern provides healthy exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone. The discipline associated with working with horses and the social interactions between peers benefit the mind and spirit raising self-esteem and increasing self-sufficiency through accomplishment. The unconditional love of the horse is proven to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction and offer a haven where riders can feel a sense of empowerment. Programs are conducted by instructors nationally registered by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and over 250 trained volunteers.