Registration open for therapeutic horseback riding

Published 8:43 am Monday, July 20, 2015

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) is now accepting rider applications for their therapeutic horseback riding six week second summer starting the week of July 27.

TEC serves a variety of individuals, ages three and up, with special needs, including ADD/ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities. Riders often experience increased strength, coordination, improved academic achievement and emotional well-being.

The Summer Session’s includes:

• One to six week session riding

• Lessons in an indoor/

outdoor arena

• Lessons taught by a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor

• Horses that are carefully selected

• Trained volunteers

Lessons are $25 per week and tuition assistance is available for riders with a financial need. Riders must complete a Rider Application and provide a current physical before riding. TEC is located at Stockbridge Equestrian Center, 615 N. M-140 in Watervliet.

Some 2014 stats from TEC:

• 113 people in our community were served last year

• 873 hours of Therapeutic Riding was provided

• 768 hours of community based instruction

For Rider and Volunteer Forms, current Volunteer Trainings or more information visit TEC online at or contact TEC by email at or by phone at (269) 429-0671.

The Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) is a non-profit that was founded in 2005. TEC provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding as well as other equine assisted activities to individuals with special needs.

TEC collaborates with Blossomland Learning Center, a local school, to provide Saddle STARS, a school based program using horses as a theme. These programs are possible because of TEC’s team of volunteers.