Therapeutic Riding & Hippotherapy

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding lessons are conducted by PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructors who are specially trained in working with people with disabilities. While there is an inherent therapeutic value in horseback riding, lessons focus on teaching skills that help riders achieve goals in their life away from the barn.


A therapist  in good standing with State and national accrediting bodies, works towards functional physical, occupational, or speech-language goals.


Students work with horses from the ground to learn about safe handling, proper horse care and horse behavior. It incorporates decision-making skills, direction following, calming strategies, teamwork, and physical activity.

Each client is working towards specific goals developed with the input from both the client team and the therapist making each session a unique experience for each rider.


Who can benefit from therapeutic riding programs?

Amongst others, people with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Closed Head Injuries, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Emotional Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Paralysis, Scoliosis, Spina Bifida, and Traumatic Brain Injuries have had success within our programs.


“I see her self-confidence in her posture – she’s sitting tall and straight – and I hear her say out loud: Knox, walk on!”

~ Three Gaits Family

"We have seen many improvements in Kira’s physical skills through her riding lessons.  Kira was born with low muscle tone and muscle fatigue.  We have seen Kira meet her PT goals faster since she started riding horses."

~ Three Gaits Family

“When students gather before class, they practice social skills with greetings and small talk. In class, riders take turns leading a pattern or demonstrating a skill, which builds self-confidence and pride."

~ Emily Gonzales

Three Gaits Program Manager

"We are so thankful for every opportunity and lesson learned for Kira at Three Gaits.  We are thankful for the instructors who give each rider encouragement and praise while challenging them to be better riders.  We are incredibly thankful for everyone who makes Three Gaits the amazing place that it is."

~ Three Gaits Family

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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