We became the first therapeutic riding center in Arkansas to be accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and today are one of only two Premier Accredited facilities in the state. In order to serve more children, we moved to a larger facility in nearby Bentonville in 2004, and a year later changed our name to Horses for Healing.
Now working with hundreds of children with special needs a year, we are the largest center in Arkansas and among the largest in all of North America.
Our growth has certainly been dramatic, but is not yet complete. There are an estimated 10,000 children with special needs in Northwest Arkansas and Horses for Healing remains committed to serving as many of them as possible.
Horses for Healing is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center for individuals with special needs in Northwest Arkansas, run by a board of directors. In addition to our therapeutic program, Horses for Healing also offers a Sports Riding Program providing advanced equestrian training and activities for independent riders that includes group lessons, camps and competitions.
Located conveniently west of Bentonville, we are an established full-service boarding and training facility with 23 stalls, rolling pastures, a covered arena, and an outdoor arena, covering a total of 75 acres. At Horses for Healing, our participants find success in the saddle and in life. Call to schedule a visit to our facility and you will find out just how rewarding it can be to be a part of our team at Horses for Healing!Horseback riding is a proven therapeutic technique for children with a variety of physical, emotional and mental disabilities.
How does therapeutic riding help? Physically, the gentle and rhythmic motion of a horse's gait increases the rider's muscle strength while also improving coordination, balance and flexibility. For children with emotional or mental disabilities, the special bond formed with a horse can lead to increased self-confidence; enhanced self-esteem; improved decision-making and social skills; increased patience, and a strong sense of achievement.
Among our many accomplishments, we take particular pride in the many "firsts" that we've seen at Horses for Healing. These include the beaming grin on the face of a child who doesn't smile. The gripping hug of a child who doesn't trust. A first word spoken. Or that first halting step ever taken.
Therapeutic riding should only be considered in cooperation with medical professionals and each rider must have a physician's approval to participate. Special attention also is given to input from therapists, teachers and other professionals involved in a child's overall care.
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Horses for Healing NWA
14673 Daniels Road
Bentonville, AR 72712