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Our Mission Statement

The Equestrian Therapy Program is a 501-c-3 charitable corporation organized to improve the quality of life for the disabled by providing equine –facilitated activities and therapies in Lima  and the surrounding ten –county area in Northwest Ohio.

Purpose of a New Building

This new building will enable our Program to continue to provide therapeutic horseback riding to not only our current riders but we will also be able to keep up with the ever increasing demand of new clients that come to the Equestrian Therapy Program. We will also be able to continue with our new programming.

Over the last three years our Program has expanded to serve the behaviorally challenged and alternative learners with our learning model that provides unique learning opportunities to strengthen and develop lives. Our Program creates a stimulating learning environment for children that are at-risk of failing in the traditional classroom setting. We believe that many children become disengaged learners because they lack coping skills to process life events. The lack of life skills causes frustration and the students then fall behind in school or display negative behaviors.  By utilizing the ETP Model, the students will gain new life skills that will help them stay out of trouble, stay in school and become more successful and productive students. The pathway for these life lessons is partnering with horses in a safe learning environment.

The Board of Directors has completed strategic planning and we have concluded that we need an additional building to house 8 horses, an office and conference room, and additional riding ring and an area for equipment storage. We are also planning to create a new entrance and parking lot. Riders, volunteers and staff park in the same area, which results in riders coming into contact with the vehicle traffic that comes in and out of the farm. There are also horses crossing from the barn to the arena by the parking lot, thus the traffic pattern becomes very heavy and unsafe.

Who Do We Serve?

Our riders come to us with a variety of disabilities which include but are not limited to:

Congenital Heart Disease Microcephaly
CVA (stroke) Mental Retardation
Dandy/Walker Syndrome Multiple Sclerosis
Deaf Parkinson Disease
Developmental Delays PDD (pervasive development disorder)
Down Syndrome Prater Willie Syndrome
FAS Syndrome (fetal alcohol) Rett Syndrome
Fibrmyalgia Shaken Baby Sydrome
Gullian Barre Syndrome SID (sensory integration)
Hearing Impaired Seizure Disorder
Head Trauma (brain injury) Sight Impaired
Hydrocephalus Spina Bifida
Hypoxic Encephalopathy Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Leukoencephalopathy TAR Syndrome
Lupus TBI (brain injury)
Muscular Dystrophy Tourette Syndrome

Our rider’s, which range in age from 3 to 75, benefit greatly from our horses and volunteers. The horse’s walk is a multi-dimensional, rhythmical, and symmetrical gait that works one side of the student’s body, then the other, causing the pelvis to work both back and forth, side to side, and up and down, just as it would if the rider were walking in the normal manner on the ground. This helps the rider maintain the proper postural alignment while stimulating the correct muscles.   Through the motion of the horse, individuals with disabilities experience greater self-awareness, increased attention spans, and improved balance, coordination, muscle tone, and physical condition. 

Individuals with mental or emotional disabilities benefit from interactions with horses. Horses are very social animals and have distinct personalities and temperaments. They mirror what human body language is telling them by reacting immediately to signals riders may not realize they are sending. Horses are large and powerful, and their size can be intimidating to many people. Participating in an activity with a horse, in spite of their size and presence, can build confidence. People form relationships with horses that can help build their confidence, patience, and self-esteem.

Riding encourages:

  • Cognitive Activity
  • Sensory Integration
  • Correct Muscle Tone
  • Gross & Fine Motor Skills
  • Increased Physical Stamina
  • Proper Posture
  • Independence & Social Skills
  • Emotional Stability
  • Self Esteem
  • Vocalization
  • Smiles

What Will A Donation For The Capital Campaign Do? 

It will enable our Program to better meet the needs of our riders and horses. Our new building will be 180’ long x 72’ wide. It will house eight new stalls, a feed room, a wash rack, a storage area, an office and conference room, a bathroom and a small riding arena. We are also adding a parking area and new entrance to allow our riders a safer way to gain access into the existing arena and new building.  With the new building we will be able to store much of our equipment which presently is stored in an area that is of inadequate size.

Our Program continues to grow as the demands for our unique therapy increase. This building will assist us in continuing to offer Programming to Allen County Juvenile Courts and other at-risk youth groups. We also plan to offer corporate leadership trainings using our horses and a very unique curriculum, and we will be able to increase the number of therapeutic and hippotherapy riding sessions.

Our Board of Directors has completed strategic planning and revisited our business plan. We have carefully planned and consulted with many individuals. We have conducted a utilization factor and we are at 100% capacity. This building is a valid need. We hope that you are able to help us in this new endeavor.

New Building

22532 Bowsher Road • Cridersville, OH 45806 •  PH: 419-657-2700 • Fax: 419-657-2887 • E-mail