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40 Years of Service

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Three Gaits - a reference to the three movements of a horse - was started in 1983 by Gail Brown and Lorrie Renker with just two horses, eight riders, a love for horses, and an interest in providing equine-assisted activities for individuals with disabilities in Dane County. Community support for the program was enthusiastic, and by 1986, Three Gaits was able to purchase our 20-acre farm located on Highway 138 between Stoughton and Oregon.

Today, ten specially trained program horses, hundreds of volunteers, and 10 staff members provide riders of all ages the opportunity to extend therapy, special education, and interpersonal skill development through individual and group lessons and meaningful horsemanship experiences.

Three Gaits has been a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) since 2002.  Our riding instructors are certified through PATH and our programs carefully follow the safety standards and quality controls established by PATH.


The steady growth of Three Gaits' therapeutic riding program and the continued demand for services is evidence that students and their families, as well as service providers and other professionals, recognize the program’s positive impact on the participants’ lives.

If you have been a part of the past 40 years, thank you for helping us get to here. And please join us as we build an even brighter future!


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We partner with families, community centers, social services, residential facilities, and senior centers to provide learning experiences to people of all ages who have physical, emotional, cognitive, or social disabilities with the help of our equine partners. Learn more about our programs.


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Three Gaits relies on the generous support of donors and partners to keep our farm open and our programs running.  Through monetary support, horse donations, sponsorships, and gifts, you can help our riders meet their goals. Learn more about how you can help!


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Discover fulfilling and fun roles at Three Gaits to support our riders, care for our horses, and maintain our facilities.  All while being a part of a supportive and passionate community! Learn more about how you can make a difference!

Our Mission

Three Gaits exists to provide equine-assisted activities and therapy to enhance the lives of people with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges.

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