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Mission | History

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.

Our History

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - Our HistoryFounded in 1981, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first therapeutic riding center in Texas for children and adults with all types of disabilities and learning differences. Our program quickly became an industry leader in equine-assisted therapy; building a solid base in the North Texas community serving thousands of clients with our unique therapy tools ~ our horses!

Equine-assisted therapy is well known throughout the world and Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship continues to lead the industry with our staff of PATH International certified instructors. In addition, we offer a PATH International approved instructor certification program, teaching students from all over the world to become certified instructors. The instructor training course enables us to make a difference in the professional expertise of therapeutic riding instructors and have a positive impact on the quality of services available to the disabled nationally and internationally. Equest is a dynamic facility that utilizes over 700 volunteers every year to create a safe and effective environment for our clients and horses.

Who do we serve?

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship - Our HistoryEquest assists riders with over 100 physical, cognitive and emotional diagnoses such as: cerebral palsy, closed head injury, development delays, Down Syndrome, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, and vision impairment. The relationship between the riders, riding instructors, their volunteer team and the special therapy horse is the catalyst to miracles in our clients' lives. Equest’s programs are about children and adults who reach beyond the confines of their disabilities with the assistance of equine-assisted therapy.