Special Needs Resource Guide | Hippotherapy & Other Equine Therapy


Therapeutic Riding & More - Lincoln, MA

Lovelane is a therapeutic horseback riding program that has a dramatic impact on the social, cognitive and physical development of children with an array of special needs. Therapeutic horseback riding combines occupational, physical, and/or speech therapy with the fun of riding a horse. The benefits from therapeutic horseback riding, especially for children with special needs, are derived from using the movement of the horse to work the muscles of the rider to achieve therapeutic goals. The three-dimensional, rhythmical motion of the horse’s movement stimulates and works the muscles of the rider. And because the horse’s gait is almost identical to the human gait, the motion of the horse simulates the normal sensory-motor input of walking.

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Bina Farm Center

EQUINE-ASSISTED ACTIVITES - Lexington, Wellesley, Natick

BINA Farm Center (BFC) brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live.  BFC provides a comprehensive therapeutic and recreational environment utilizing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, Vocational Training Programs and Creative and Complementary Therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental and emotional challenges. 

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Friends for Tomorow

Horseback riding, Equine and animal-assisted learning and activities - Lincoln, MA

Our animal-assisted learning curriculum is designed to engage students physically, cognitively and socially with their peers, our animals and the Friends For Tomorrow staff.  We use a learner-centered approach in which the students are encouraged to ask questions and investigate the answers through active engagement, observation, and management of the environment to discover or acquire knowledge. We encourage journaling and self-reflective activities to enhance self-confidence, non-verbal communication, boundaries, the decision-making process, and self-advocacy. Strength in these life skills helps students positively impact our world and enhance their daily interactions and experiences with others.

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Willow Brook Farm

Holliston, MA

Owners, David and Nancy Dubin started their farm in 2002 as a small agritourism farm named Lil’ Folk Farm. Their primary focus was introducing the wonderful world of farm animals and horses to children of all ages through Birthday Parties, field trips, and summer camp. Livestock included goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, alpacas, llamas, miniature horses, miniature donkeys, and of course, horses. As their farm grew, so did the farm’s interest to develop additional programs centered around horses. With their first pony Black Jack leading the way, Lil’ Folk Farm started a riding lesson program and riding summer camp in 2003.

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