Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Horseback Riding in New Jersey

NJCRID  pleased to offer the following information as a community service for families and professionals.  Its purpose is to provide information to NJ’s disability community regarding recreation and disability services. NJCRID has no formal relationship with any of the individuals/vendors/resources contained wherein.  We do not endorse the services listed in this directory.   We recommend you use this list as a first step and then thoroughly follow up with your own evaluation of the service. We would appreciate hearing about your experiences. 

Thanks to Patricia Swartz, Past NJCRID President and current member of NJCRID’s Professional Advisory Committee for researching this topic and  contributing the following article.

Definition of hippotherapy and list of accredited centers courtesy of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International  (PATH International).    (May, 2021).  Retrieved from: https://www.pathintl.org

Traveling throughout New Jersey you’ll probably see horses, as New Jersey has more horses per square mile than any other state. New Jersey state animal is the horse. The US Equestrian Team Foundation which provides training and support for horses and athletes that compete in the Olympics, and World Championships is located in Gladstone, NJ. It’s no surprise New Jersey is home to several equine-assisted services (EAS)  programs serving people with special needs.

EAS are hands-on programs that use the interactions and relationships between horses and humans to create an environment of learning and self-discovery. It’s an experiential learning approach that promotes physical, mental and social development.

Equine therapy includes therapeutic horseback riding, Hippotherapy, equine-assisted learning and equine-assisted psychotherapy among others. In a therapeutic horseback riding program riders experience therapeutic muscle stimulation resulting in improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Hippotherpy is physical, and occupational therapy based on improvement of neurologic functions, and sensory processes that utilize the natural gait and movement of a horse to provide motor, and sensory input. Equine-assisted learning is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills. In Equine-assisted psychotherapy a licensed mental health professional works with an equine professional to provide psychotherapy using equine activities and environments to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth.

Many programs obtain accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International, PATH Intl. was originally federally registered as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association in 1969. This non profit promotes equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. It’s an credentialing agency that certifies instructors, accredit centers and provides resources to start and maintain programs.the centers offer Programs such as hippotherapy, carriage driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, and competition. Accredited centers have certified instructors on staff. Riders are assisted by side walkers and a lead walker.

New Jersey has several accredited centers operating programs. Programs offered at the centers vary. Premium membership meets additional requirements. Check PATH Intl. and individual program websites for more information on programs offered and types of people served i.e. cancer, veterans, autism etc.

Allaire Community Farm

Linda Young

Address: 1923 Baileys Corner Rd, Wall, New Jersey 07719

(732) 796-3298

Beyond Balance, Inc.

Missy Rush

Address: 211 Arney’s Mt Rd., Pemberton, New Jersey 08068

(609) 969-8899

http://www.beyondbalance.org/

Cape May County Equestrian Facility, Inc

Heather Carr-Johnson

Address: 329 Route 47 N, Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210

(609) 675-6765

https://cmcefinc.org/

Care From the Heart at Bella Rosa Riding Academy

Kathleen Taler

Address: 151 Oak Glen Rd, Howell, New Jersey 07731-8947

(732) 938-3618

Centenary University

Karen Brittle

Address: 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840

(908) 852-1400

Higher Education Membership

Chariot Riders, Inc.

Linda Fazio

Address: 3170 Chariot Ct, Manchester, New Jersey 08759-5429

(732) 657-2710

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://chariotriders.org/

Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Riding Center

Sherri Briggs

Address: 40 Cooper Tomlinson Rd, Medford, New Jersey 08055

(609) 320-5363

sherrilbriggs@gmail.com

http://www.cftrc.org/

Equine Assisted Therapy of New Jersey

Jeanne Mahoney

Address: 32 Swedes Bridge Rd, Mannington Township, New Jersey 08079

(609) 617-2765

equineassistedtherapyofnj@gmail.com

https://www.equineassistedtherapyofnj.org/

Freedom Horse Farm, LLC

Elizabeth Doskotz

Address: 158 Flocktown Rd, Long Valley, New Jersey 07853-3545

(908) 797-4547

freedomhorseinc@aol.com

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://www.freedomhorseinc.com/

HEARTS Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.

Sue Adams

Address: 214 Asbury Rd, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 08234

(609) 703-9130

heartstrc@aol.com

Hope’s Promise

Maureen Coultas

Address: 34 South Rd, Chester, New Jersey 07930

(973) 868-8808

maureencoultas@gmail.com

http://www.hopespromisefarm.com/

HorseSense Therapeutic Riding Center

145 Easy Street

Howell, NJ 07731

Phone 732-910-7855

Infinity Equine Therapy, Inc.

Leslie Weatherly

Address: PO Box 92, Closter, New Jersey 07624

(845) 735-2042

ridetherapyinfo@gmail.com

http://www.infinityequine.org/

Kaleidoscope Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc.

Kimberly Pohubka

Address: 23 Elmwood Dr, Tabernacle, New Jersey 08088

(609) 923-7847

kaleidoscopetr@yahoo.com

https://kaleidoscopetr.webs.com/

Making Strides Therapeutic Riding, LLC

Judy Matthijssen

Address: 45 Hamilton Rd, Greendell, New Jersey 07839

judymatthijssen@gmail.com

https://www.makingstridestr.com/

Mane Stream

Trish Hegeman

Address: PO Box 305, Oldwick, New Jersey 08858-0305

(908) 439-9636

info@manestreamnj.org

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://www.manestreamnj.org/

Morning Star Farm Riding Academy and Therapeutic Riding Center

provides a therapeutic riding program in Sussex County.

Morning Star Farm

489 Route 94

Newton, N.J. 07860

Phone: 973-222-8260

www.mstarfarm.com

Pony Power Therapies, Inc.

Dana Spett

Address: 1170 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430

(201) 934-1001

dana@ponypowernj.org

https://www.ponypowernj.org/

Rein Dancer Therapeutic Riding Center

Jenna Martin

Address: 31 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533-1902

(609) 752-0900

jennachester15@gmail.com

http://www.lauritaequestriancenter.com/

Riding High Farm

Robyn Struz

Address: 145 Route 526, Allentown, New Jersey 08501-2016

(609) 259-3884

robynstruz@gmail.com

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://ridinghighfarm.org/

Riding with HEART

Carla Harbourt

Address: 639 CR 513, Pittstown, New Jersey 08867

(908) 735-5912

director@ridingwithheart.org

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://www.ridingwithheart.org/

Shadow Equestrian

Kaitlyn Palermo

Address: 1907 Monroeville Rd, Monroeville, New Jersey 08343-4610

(856) 466-0608

shadoweq@verizon.net

http://ww12.shadowequestrian.org/

Special People United to Ride, Inc.

Lisa Haskell

Address: 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738

(732) 224-1367

spur.sunnyside@gmail.com

spuronline.org

Premier Accredited Center Membership

Special Strides

Laurie Landy

Address: 118 Federal Rd, Monroe, New Jersey 08831-8018

(732) 446-0945

specialstridesinfo@gmail.com

Premier Accredited Center Membership

http://specialstrides.com/

The Helping Horseshoe Therapeutic Riding Club

Kara Stark-McGrew

Address: 914 Duck Pond Rd, Newton, New Jersey 07860

(973) 579-9537

dkmcgrew@embarqmail.com

http://www.helpinghorseshoe.org/

Therapeutic Riding at Centenary

Karen Brittle

Address: 400 Jefferson St, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840-2184

(908) 852-1400 (2174)

karen.brittle@centenaryuniversity.edu

Premier Accredited Center Membership

Therapeutic Riding at Majoda Stables

Diane Baker

Address: 620 Garwood Rd, Moorestown, New Jersey 08057

856 231-7552

majodastables1992@gmail.com

https://majodastables.com/

Therapeutic Riding Center South Jersey

Terrance Lewis

Address: 400 Route 130 S, Logan Township, New Jersey 08085

(732) 621-6441

tanddlewis@yahoo.com

Unicorn Therapeutic Riding

Erin Hurley

Address: 171 Marshalls Corner Woodsville Rd, Pennington, New Jersey 08534

(609) 354-2014

erin@unicornriding.com

Premier Accredited Center Membership

https://unicornriding

Professional Organization serving therapeutic riding programs

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.

The American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which provides educational resources and continuing education for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology professionals who incorporate equines, equine movement and the equine environment in treatment. 

Website: https://www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org/

Mailing address: 2537 Research Blvd. Suite #203, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Phone:   (970)  818 -1322

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)

EAGALA is an international nonprofit association for professionals who incorporate horses to address mental health and personal development needs through programs collectively known as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. It helps issues of depression, anxiety, behavior disorders and trauma.

Website: https://www.eagala.org/

Phone: Eagala New Jersey, Bonnie Malajian, 201-893-1881

Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International, PATH Intl

A credentialing agency that certifies instructors, accredit centers and provides resources to start and maintain equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.

Website: https://www.pathintl.org

Mailing Address: PO Box 33150 Denver, Colorado 80233

Phone: (800) 369-RIDE (7433)

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