Equine Assisted Activities
Our PATH International certified instructors and trained volunteers team with our gentle horses to build self-confidence and promote compassion through the horse and human connection. Through various equine-assisted activities we help reach you or your loved one’s individual goals and reinforce goals established by educators and therapists. Programs are completed in private, semi-private or group sessions.
Please note: program attendees are required to sign an agreement for following Manes & Motions COVID-19 policies including a health screening upon arrival, use of hand sanitizer, wearing of face mask, etc.
This mounted (on the horse) program sessions may include exercises, horsemanship skill development, trail riding and games on horseback. An unmounted learning session is typically included each semester to incorporate horse care.
Unmounted Horsemanship Program
This is a skill based program that takes place on the ground (no riding). Sessions focus on learning safe horsemanship, building confidence and providing a positive learning experience. Our staff teaches horse communication, safe horse handling, and the basics of good care including grooming, first aid, and feeding.
Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
Experiential learning activities promote self-awareness, help develop life skills and build confidence. Activities may include reading non-verbal language, developing empathy, building trusting relationships, and developing critical thinking skills.
Adaptive fitness activities at Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center are available to veterans and members of the armed forces living with a disability. Take part in therapeutic riding or unmounted equine assistive activities, Veterans to improve their independence, well-being, and quality of life. Opportunities for therapeutic riding and unmounted lessons are funded by the VA Adaptive Sports Grant.
- Horses for Heroes therapeutic riding services for wounded service personnel and veterans
- Field trips and educational tours at Manes & Motions
- A heated Indoor Riding Arena for therapeutic riding all year round and two outdoor arenas
- Thirteen acres of pasture
- Wooded trail for riding
Become a Rider
Participants, ages four and older living with a disability are welcome to apply to the program. Completed application forms must be emailed or mailed. An evaluation will be scheduled to assess whether program activities are safe and appropriate for you or your loved one and to determine class placement, horse selection and proper equipment needed.
Volunteers are the heart of our program! Whether your experience with horses is lifelong or non-existent, there are many different opportunities. Volunteers can work with participants and the horses as a horse leader or side walker. Volunteers can also help with event planning and fundraising. All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to apply and are required to attend a training session prior to volunteering with the program.
Multi-Day Horse Adventure! Integrated Summer Session
Horse Adventure summer session is a week-long program designed to engage children living with disabilities through equine-assisted activities.
Night at the Derby: Benefit for Manes & Motions
Save the date and get your finest hats and bow ties ready! Benefitting our Manes & Motions Program.
874 Millbrook Road
Middletown, CT 06457