Circle of Hope Program

The Circle of Hope Program 

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding is a nationally accredited non-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to encouraging the physical and mental development of children and adults with developmental, psychological, or physical disabilities. Circle of Hope's equine assisted approach incorporates cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and physical goals to increase self-confidence, self-esteem, physical independence, and social awareness.

Circle of Hope is a premier accredited member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). PATH is the United States' only certifying organization for therapeutic riding programs. Circle of Hope received its PATH accreditation in January 1999.

Therapeutic riding was first introduced in the United States in the late 1960s. The approach utilizes instruction in horseback riding and horsemanship skills to assist children and adults with developmental, psychological, or physical disabilities. Research shows that participants can experience physical, emotional, and mental rewards. participants with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. The unique relationship formed between the participant and the horse can also lead to increased confidence, patience, and self-esteem in individuals with mental, emotional, or developmental disabilities

Therapeutic riding is offered to children and adults with disabilities that include, but are not limited to: 
  • cerebral palsy 
  • spina bifida 
  • multiple sclerosis 
  • muscular dystrophy 
  • head trauma 
  • autism 
  • emotional disturbance 
  • mental retardation 
  • learning disabilities 
  • attention deficit disorder 
  • hypotonia 
  • developmental delays 
  • hearing impairments 
  • traumatic brain injury 
  • spinal cord injury 
  • visual impairments.

Fees

30-minute private session - $90
Pre-paid 10 Session Package- $810

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy fees - Please contact Circle of Hope for more information.



Financial Assistance 

Circle of Hope's Financial Assistance Program offers support to a limited number of students each year. Aid is provided in the form of adjusted therapeutic riding fees. The percentage of the adjustment is directly tied to the applicant's level of income and current financial commitment. Financial assistance is awarded:

  • On a limited basis
  • Biannually
  • To students who demonstrate an ability to benefit from the program
  • To students who qualify financially

 To receive an application packet, please contact Circle of Hope directly