Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center offers a variety of services for Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities, all free of charge.
Our core program consists of 32-weeks of group horsemanship classes aimed at improving physical and emotional well-being.
We help our heroes struggling to cope with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, combat injuries, mental health challenges and other visible and invisible wounds of war.
If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, have pulled away from family and friends and are struggling to cope with their changed reality, we have a horse for you. Our horses, and highly trained teams of staff and volunteers, help riders learn life-skills and healing through horsemanship. These simple, yet profound lessons help guide broken souls back to a passion for life, trust and the relationships that will sustain them throughout the future.
Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding receives no government funding for these programs and relies entirely on the support of our communities to fund these life-changing programs.
Horses have a unique ability to help heroes heal This program helps riders • Increase core body strength • Improve balance • Sharpen spatial and cognitive awareness • Help with independence and social skills • Develop gross and fine motor skill • Exercise memory and sequencing abilities Our method provides a solid framework for our riders to work with their horses in a safe and fun environment.
Our PATH Intl. Certified instructors provide an environment that encourages riders to try new things in a safe and comfortable setting, address personal goals and achieve independence.
We supply a variety of equipment and modifications to ensure that ALL riders are able to participate with the program.
All riders are welcome to repeat classes as many times as they would like and are able to move into the next level of class after completing a checklist of skills.
Introduction to Horsemanship GOAL: Riders will feel comfortable grooming, leading their horse and will have some experience riding at the walk, halt and basic steering.
All riders, regardless of experience or ability start with our basic horsemanship program. This class integrates how horses think and react, grooming and relationship building, basic groundwork exercises with four weeks of mounted lessons.
Each rider is paired with a specially trained horse - specifically chosen to match their needs and a lead volunteer. This team, as well as 1 instructor for each set of 4 riders, works with their horse for the first 5 weeks on the ground before they have the opportunity to ride their horse in week 6. With the assistance of side-walkers, and special equipment to ensure a safe experience while riders move through stretches, walking, stopping and steering.
Beginner Classes 1-3 Basic Horsemanship 101 Horse leader and side walkers
Intermediate class works more independently with their horses.
With a ratio of 1 or more instructors for each 4 riders and 2-3 volunteers for the class, each rider has plenty of time to bond and interact with their mount under safe supervision and continue to work on their groundwork skills and ride at the walk and trot and prepared for our session goal of a trail ride.
Each Rider is working toward his or her personal goal. Each Rider has a checklists and lessons are developed to assist riders to meet personal and group goals.
Private Lessons are available
Sometimes group lessons are not the best fit. We understand and provide private lessons to address individual needs of riders with various abilities.
Please contact us to discuss goals and availability.
Send us an email or call 903-421-4616
for your appointment
Papers needed will be a copy of your DD214 and Physician assessment