Equest provides Therapeutic Sports Riding classes & Hippotherapy to individuals with all types of physical, cognitive & emotional special needs, as well as to US military personnel & their families.
Each year, we serve 300+/- riders with the help of 38 horses, 12 certified riding instructors & 700+ trained volunteers.
Quick Equest Facts:
• 100% of Equest clients have a medical doctor who supports their treatment strategy & report physical, cognitive, social and emotional improvements
• 21% of Equest clients have been able to reduce or eliminate daily medications
• Our entire therapy staff is:
o State licensed
o Trained in advanced Hippotherapy.
o Nationally respected
• Equest was the first therapeutic riding program in Texas
• Equest has been a premier accredited PATH Certified program since 2001
• Equest was the first therapeutic riding center in the United States to provide a PATH International certified instructor training course
• Equest also offered the first therapeutic carriage driving program for individuals with diverse / special needs, as well as the first advanced equestrian competition program in the Dallas Metroplex
• Rider subsidies & scholarship programs ensure our average client pays < 15% of actual program costs:
o Average annual cost per rider:
$6,500 for our non-Veterans
$13,000 for our Veterans
• Average annual cost of care & maintenance for a single therapy horse is $5,000
Equest empowers our clients to do the things they had once been led to believe were, for them, impossible. Individuals who were told they would never walk are learning to take their first steps of independence. People who lived in a world of immobility are experiencing a world of movement. Those who lived in their own isolation are learning to really connect.
Research shows the therapeutic benefits from riding & interacting with a horse consistently provides improvement in these areas:
• Physical: The horse rhythmically & naturally moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait, improving posture, balance & muscle control. Notably, equine-assisted therapy also provides cardiovascular benefits.
• Psycho-socially: Equine-assisted therapy increases concentration, improves sequential thought processing, increases riders’ abilities to articulate emotions, develop spatial awareness/orientation & expanding their self-esteem, general awareness & self-discipline.
• Life Skills: The benefits of riding can influence daily living skills, foster independence & consistently improve peer-to-peer and family relationships, resulting in increased socialization & participation in areas such as at home or at school.
“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thomson, Milagros
At Equest, some of our most prized assets are our Therapy Horses – they are invaluable, indispensable & cherished! They are our keys to therapy. They are our friends. They are our family. They are our heroes.
Extraordinary things happen when Equest Riders & their horses connect. Our stories are about people who reach beyond the confines of their special needs through the intervention of these special animals.
Equest treats our horses with the same level of care afforded to our human clients. We have implemented a horse management program that emphasizes an optimum nutrition, exercise & preventative care regimen that maximizes soundness & productivity. Because of the care Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship horses receive; they often remain on active duty for 5 or more years against the national average of 2 service years for therapy horses.
The Equest Schooling Program contributes to the horses’ well-being by riding & schooling them in a manner that keeps the horses fit, agile, balanced, supple, relaxed & able to perform their important & stressful jobs to the best of their abilities. Research has proven when therapy horses are regularly schooled, they stay sounder & are more comfortable in therapy settings than horses that are not. Equest relies on our staff & selected experienced, trained lead volunteers to school our horses.
"Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives..." – Dr. Paul Spiers, Past PATH Intl President
Perhaps one of the most life changing effects of the Equest experience is the self-confidence each rider gains through the process, which becomes a permanent part of his or her world outside of Equest, as well. Miracles can be found every day at Equest in people who stretch beyond the limitations of their special needs thanks to the assistance of equine-assisted therapy.
At Equest,we enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing.
To enhance the quality of life for children and adults with special / diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Interested in becoming a PATH, International Registered Instructor? There are still spaces available for both the Certification and Workshop. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org...
Join us as we celebrate thirty-five years of Humans, Horses and Hope at the Equest 35th Anniversary Gala, hosted by Honorary Chairs Chris and Dale Hansen and Chairs...