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High Knoll Therapeutic Program

is founded on the belief that horses provide unique and innovative opportunities that maximize the therapeutic experience for riders with all types of challenges. We offer a safe and supportive environment where clients of all ages can have a fulfilling and motivating experience. The program provides recreational horseback riding and equine assisted opportunities for children and adults with special needs. We give riders the chance for learning, exercise, and fun with horses by promoting the advantages of therapeutic riding.


The High Knoll Therapeutic Program is a nonprofit educational and therapeutic organization. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children, adults and families affected by disabilities. We do this through a unique combination of equine related therapy, recreation and fun.  Our mission is to provide a comprehensive therapeutic environment utilizing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, and to develop research and training related to EAAT and to popularize equine sports through safe and professional instruction.

Who We Serve

We are dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals with cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as those individuals with physical disabilities. High Knoll Therapeutic Program can also work with families, group homes, residential facilities, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Our PATH certified instructors and equine "co-therapists" safely and effectively provide benefits to individuals with the following challenges:

ADD or other Hyperactivity Disorder
At-risk Youth
Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Delay or Disability
Down Syndrome

Emotional, Behavioral, Mental Health
Head Trauma/Brain Injury
Hearing Impairment
Learning Disability
Mental Retardation
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy

Speech Impairment
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Substance Abuse
Terminal Illness
Visual Impairment
Weight Control Disorders

The Program

High Knoll Therapeutic Program offers lessons in Recreational Therapeutic Riding, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning. Each student learns basic horsemanship skills and emphasis is placed on developing and refining physical and cognitive abilities needed to  control the horse independently in a variety of situations. Leisure and  Recreational Riding provides opportunities for improved social interaction and exploration of the environment, with skill building to enhance general health and well being. Other aspects of equine-facilitated therapy include riding, grooming, stable management, and recreational games played on horseback. The best part is each encourages effort and develops a positive attitude and sense of well being and accomplishment. Our certified instructors will create a customized program based on the individual's needs and goals, and all sessions emphasize comfort, fun, learning, and safety. Our co-therapists (the horses themselves) are carefully selected for their nature, good health and compatibility with each client. Empowerment and healing can occur as one develops or regains control of one's life, enhanced by the joy experienced from the special bond with the horses.


Horseback riding has been shown to have both physical and emotional benefits.  The horse serves as a strong motivator in helping individuals work through challenges to improve the quality of their lives. Lessons are taught by PATH Certified Instructors with a team of 1-3 volunteers acting as leaders and side walkers. Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated through our membership as a NARHA Member Center and the use of only NARHA certified instructors for therapeutic lessons. High Knoll Therapeutic Program adheres to NARHA’s policies, standards, and guidelines for providing a safe and fun environment for Equine Assisted Activities.


•Improves balance and coordination
•Provides passive stretch for tight muscles
•Replicates a muscle movement pattern like that of walking
•Improves posture
•Strengthens muscles by encouraging muscular response
•Increases awareness of one's body in space
•Stimulates the vesicular, nervous and circulatory systems
•Improves range of motion


•Teaches trust through the rider/horse bond
•Teaches problem solving skills
•Increases self-confidence and self-discipline
•Teaches the use of patience to control the horse
•Enhances decision making skills
•Promotes responsibility and cooperation
•Increases the ability to focus and stay on task
•Provides an increase in self-esteem and pride
•Instills a sense of accomplishment
Therapeutic Rider in the Indoor

Ride With Us

Email us today to receive a 2011 Registration and Information packet to get you started on your way to enriching your life, or the life of a loved one, through horseback riding and related activities. Horseback riding has been shown to have both physical and emotional benefits., and the horse often serves as a strong motivator in helping individuals work through challenges to improve the quality of their lives. Lessons are taught on Tuesdays and Saturdays by NARHA Certified Instructors with a team of 1-3 volunteers acting as leaders and side walkers.

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Get Involved!

The High Knoll Therapeutic Program welcomes volunteers with or without horse experience. The only requirements are a love of horses and helping people, being a minimum of 14 years old, and attending a 2 hour volunteer training workshop. Our dedicated volunteers work in various ways to support the therapeutic team, and are an important part of the team. Please contact us for more information. We are currently seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact us for more information. All donations are tax deductible.

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