About Therapeutic Riding
Therapeutic riding is a field in which horses are used as a tool for physical therapy, emotional growth and learning. Many riders experience a connection to the horse that few sports can create. Not only does this help raise their self-esteem but it also teaches them essential skills. It improves balance, creates trust and creates a friendship between rider and horse.
At Stars & Strides Stables, we serve all individuals with physical, intellectual, educational and emotional disabilities.
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At Stars & Strides Stables, we believe in the remarkable therapeutic power of the equestrian experience because we believe that students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels can benefit from riding and working with the horses at our center. Whether they have physical, cognitive, sensory or emotional disabilities, we believe that all our students are STARS.
Stars & Strides Stables is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2012 to give riders with disabilities a place to learn and become effective and competitive equestrians. Stars & Strides is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified facility located in Weatherford, TX.
For children and adults with disabilities, working with horses like ours can be a life changing experience. In fact, we believe no other therapeutic recreational opportunity offers so many benefits in such a holistic way. Students will be taught equine care, riding, handling, and management to their best level of ability.
Some of the Stars & Strides students have competed in a variety of equestrian shows for riders with special needs, as well as open, able-bodied horse shows. Each rider is encouraged to ride independently as soon and as safely as possible. Parents and riders alike are surprised when they accomplish something they didn't think was possible. Our lesson horses are retired show horses that have experience in all classes. Classes are offered in a variety of disciplines: English and Western, including pleasure, trail, and showmanship.
We welcome you to browse this website to check out additional information and learn how you can become part of our ever growing extended family. Meet our horses and see how you can get involved in assisting us with our mission: Empowering our Stars to reach great Strides in life through the power of the horse.