“Cerebral palsy has
always made moving
a challenge. I’ve
never walked as far
or as fast as
everyone else. But
once a week I get to
have the blessed
experience of feeling
the wind in my hair
and seeing the
blurred objects as I
trot by. I’ve been
coming to Heartland
since I was three and
in the last 12 years
I’ve had some of my
The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
Horseback riding has been proven as one of the few sports that fully utilizes the
body’s entire muscle system and helps strengthen muscles, which frequently
results in improved balance and coordination.
Our classes are designed to assist the rider in developing essential cognitive,
behavioral, psychological and physical skills needed to achieve successful,
Heartland accepts participants who exhibit physical or cognitive disabilities.
Each individual is evaluated before being accepted into Heartland's programs.
Our clients' disabilities include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism,
developmental delay, Down Syndrome, mental retardation, deafness, blindness,
emotional disorders, and many neuromuscular and orthopedic problems.
Heartland does not discriminate as to sex, creed, color, or ability to pay.Clients
must have written permission from their healthcare professional before being
considered for any program. Final determination of eligibiity will be made by
A physical, occupational, or speech-language therapist conducts early
intervention using a horse (not a hippo) as a treatment modality. The horse
provides 3-D movement—which stimulates many different systems at the
same time—while the therapist applies their skills to address impairments in
young children with a wide variety of diagnoses.
Hippotherapy is a different kind of therapy as an addition or stand-alone
30 minute session, one time per week
Two years to teens
Morning and early afternoon hours
Therapists certified by American Hippotherapy Association
Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is
a 501c3 organization. Donations are
tax-exempt. Please consider helping
Heartland through your Donor Choice
option with the United Way and
Combined Federal Campaign.
19655 Antioch P.O. Box 391
Stilwell, KS 66085
Our fees cover only 25-30% of our actual cost. The balance is covered by grants
and donations. We have a limited amount of other scholarship funds to help
riders who cannot pay the full fee.
The full fee for Therapeutic Riding lesson is $40.00
The full fee for Hippotherapy Riding lesson is $50.00