Established in 2010, Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy enhances the lives of children and adults with disabilities or chronic illness through the use of a variety of Equine Assisted Activity programs such as Therapeutic Riding, Equine Facilitated Learning, Hippotherapy, and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. We also serve US Veterans and their families. Our site provides a refreshing departure from conventional clinical treatment facilities, where participants can benefit from the use of an outdoor and indoor heated riding arena, meeting facilities, and a quiet and peaceful environment all designed in compliance with ADA and PATH Intl. established requirements and standards.
Equine Assisted Activities have been shown to improve self-control, increase risk-taking capacity, encourage teamwork, and bolster confidence and self-esteem. Individuals with physical disabilities benefit primarily through the movements of the horse, which strengthen and support the natural motion of the spine and pelvis. Riding also builds and tones muscles; improves flexibility, balance, and coordination; and fosters greater freedom of movement. Those with cognitive or learning impairments can improve their attention span, communication and language skills, and concentration and memory.
Our equine program currently serves individuals affected by Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disabilities, Sensory Disorders, and other many conditions.
Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy
at Bradford Woods
5040 State Road 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151
Horseshoes of Hope Equine Academy relies on great volunteers who not only participate in therapeutic riding lessons as horse leaders and sidewalkers, but also assist in fundraising efforts, marketing endeavours, and provide assistance with the daily operations of the facility.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
If you, or your organization, would like to know more about volunteering, please don't hesitate to contact us!