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Meet the Riders

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There is a unique bond between horses and people which can be particularly meaningful to children with disabilities. Riding programs provide a relaxing, non-academic environment in which children can interact with adults and peers as well as their horse.

Research has shown that therapeutic riding programs offer physical, psychological, social and educational benefits to special students. The riders themselves show us the benefits through their smiles, determination and their sense of accomplishment.

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for ten years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 18.

Programs are designed and taught by certified instructors registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Classes are limited to four students to enforce a safe and fun experience. Each class is designed to achieve specific goals that meet the requirements of the group and/or individual.

 

To apply, please fill out the Student Application.


This application includes medical forms that need to be filled out by the student's doctor and a release form that needs to be notarized.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a large group of children who are in desperate need of a program such as our therapeutic program. Anyone who is 15 years and older may volunteer. Students are able to receive credit for their school volunteer credit. It is a very rewarding program for the volunteers and the children.

We also have a Day of Caring here each August, which is part of the United Way. This is great exposure for us to be seen by many people who had no idea that we exist.

For more information on how to volunteer your time, click here.