“A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot” — John Steinbeck
The mission of Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc (HTR) is to serve children and adults with disabilities and to improve quality of life through equine-assisted activities and therapies, We are committed to changing lives, one ride at a time.
HTR is a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). Our facility and instructors are PATH Intl certified ensuring the highest quality services and safety standards.
Heartland Therapeutic Riding has been in operation since 1978 making it the most established non-profit therapeutic riding center in the Kansas City area and one of the longest enduring programs in the U.S.
Each week 95 participants from around the Kansas City area attend HTR to experience the benefits of interacting with horses and achieve goals they once only dreamed about attaining. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) provide a sense of freedom and mobility to our participants that is rarely experienced elsewhere in their lives. The horses introduce our participants to a new world, a world that’s full possibilities and hope!
Our participants live with physical, emotional and/or intellectual challenges. Some disabilities are clear and evident to but some are not. Participants make physical and emotional strides during their lessons that are taught by instructors who are focused on what they can accomplish, not on their limitations. Group lessons are held weekly with a supportive group of volunteers to ensure safety and encourage team building.
The results are remarkable!
Heartland serves individuals who have been diagnosed with physical, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities. Each individual is evaluated before being accepted into a program and must have a physician’s written permission to participate. Heartland does not discriminate as to sex, creed, color, or ability to pay.