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Dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs.


Equest's 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.

Equest is a 501 (c) (3) public charity, IRS Tax ID 75-1823701. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Our organization is not a United Way Agency. We are dependent upon charitable gifts and grants to support our programs. 




The Facts

100 percent of clients reporting have experienced improvement since starting the program.


cost per client per year

100 percent

of all veterans program costs subsidized by Equest


number of clients served weekly

13 percent

of Equest clients utilizing full or partial scholarships for services

86 percent

of all civilian client program costs subsidized by Equest

over 3,000

number of individuals Equest reaches annually


number of Equest therapy horses

over 400

number of volunteers annually at Equest


“Then I came to Equest. I connected spiritually with these horses and this helped my heart and soul heal.”


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Our Story

Founded in 1981, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first therapeutic riding center in Texas. Our program quickly became an industry leader, building a solid base in the North Texas community serving thousands of clients with our unique therapy partners - our horses! 

Equest provides equine facilitated activities, therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, social, and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship, and competition. 

Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas, and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 40,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. Equest was named “2015 Non-Profit of the Year” by CNM Connect.

When Equest began more than 36 years ago, we had five riders, two horses, one instructor and 10 volunteers. We have certainly expanded since 1981. Equest now boasts 36 therapy horses, 10 instructors, four therapists, two counselors, and more than 400 volunteers; lives are changed on a daily basis for more than 3,000 clients served annually.

In May of 2017 Equest consolidated to the Texas Horse Park just south of Dallas. Texas Horse Park, a city-owned 304-acre site located in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest, is just eight miles from Downtown Dallas. Equest at Texas Horse Park currently has 38 stalls, a covered arena, outdoor arena, and 6,000-square feet of administration and therapy space. It is also home to Hooves for Heroes, one of the fastest-growing services at Equest, which empowers veterans, first responders, and military families to take charge of their civilian transition, and assume new roles within the community through equine activities and therapies.


Thank you to our generous 2018 Gala sponsors!


Thank you to our generous 2017 Ridefest sponsors!

Thank you to our generous 2017 Boots & Salutes sponsors!


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Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship at the Texas Horse Park

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811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4
Dallas, Texas 75217

Mail us

PO Box 171779
Dallas, Texas 75217

Phone us

Direct line (972) 412-1099
Client cancellation line (972) 449-1299

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