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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Hippotherapy
  • Horseback Riding
Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: The instructors are certified therapeutic riding instructors and attend yearly training .

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


FREE is a NARHA accredited therapeutic riding program based in Ft.Collins, Colorado. It is open to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Certified instructors structure the riding sessions so that each rider may reach his/her individual goals.

There are three different uses of the horse in therapeutic riding.
  1. Sport: Adaptive riding skills are taught; individuals may participate in riding, driving or vaulting as recreation or in competition.
  2. Education: Adaptive equine activities of riding, driving or vaulting are used to achieve cognitive, behavioral, social and physical goals. The horse acts as a motivator to achieve these goals.
  3. Medicine: With a physician's prescription, a therapist and therapeutic riding instructor use the movement of the horse to influence the rider's posture, balance, mobility and function. No riding skills are taught.
Classes are available at Legacy Stables in their indoor and outdoor arenas on Monday evenings, April 1- October 1 each year. Summer Session classes are also available on Thursday evenings at the CSU Equine Center from May-August.