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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Helping Horse provides physical therapy disguised as fun for people with disabilities in the Triangle area. Trained volunteers lead the horses while one or more "side walkers" provide support and assistance to the rider according to his or her needs. Riders receive strength and coordination therapy while also learning horsemanship skills.

We have the exclusive use of a beautiful thirteen-acre horse farm in North Raleigh. The farm includes a nine-stall barn with tack room and office space, eight-acre pasture with pond, a caretaker’s residence, and regulation size lighted riding arena.

Horseback riding pushes the rider physically, emotionally and spiritually, especially the rider with special needs. The strenuous physical demands of horseback riding stimulate the development of strength, endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility. Riding as therapy allows development of physical capabilities in a stimulating, natural environment. The exhilaration of being in tune with an animal so large and strong is empowering for people who’s day-to-day dealings with the physical environment are so difficult. Developing a “seat” builds self-confidence and security that extend beyond enhanced enjoyment of our classes to improved emotional well-being generally. The joy of riding provides a recreational and social outlet for riders and their families for whom such opportunities are usually limited.