Because horses are keenly attuned to the emotions of humans and to nonverbal cues, interacting with them and caring for them have been known to produce positive therapeutic outcomes, including increased confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, studies have shown that grooming, feeding, and caring for horses reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall health. We want to bring all of these benefits to more children throughout New York City.

Our equine therapy program emphasizes positive communication, mindfulness, and our shared responsibility for animals and the natural world. Children who participate in our equine opportunity program get to enjoy companionship with their equine partners, as well as relaxing trail rides over the 400 acres of land and beach we have available at our sponsoring stable, Jamaica Bay Riding Academy.