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Therapeutic horseback riding
Tara’s chance is dedicated to promoting the physical, cognitive, and social well-being of those with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.

A place where therapy feels like play.
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Our Riders

"Priscilla has something that is hers, and that can’t be taken away from her. While some kids her age play sports, or play in a band, Priscilla has been given the amazing gift of horseback riding!"

 - Audrey and Josh S.

"Tara’s Chance has given Isabella a great sense of normalcy and joy. When she is on her favorite horse, Maggie, she gets to be just like any other kid. This, in itself, is a great gift."


- Jaclyn D.

"Boyd excitingly looks forward to riding Maggie each week and talks about it all day before we get there, including his favorite part of the ride, going fast! It is such a wonderful feeling to watch him learn and progress in these therapeutic areas, all with a huge smile on his face and heart full of joy." 


- Larry and Holly 

"Bao started at Tara’s Chance from the very beginning.  He absolutely loves riding every week. He was very weak when he first started, but now he is so much stronger and his stamina is quite impressive."


- Ann H.

“Gabriel has been attending Tara’s Chance for two years, and we’ve found the experience to be phenomenal. Tara’s Chance is a place that one can easily find inspiration. A place where riders are seen as able, and not judged for their differences.”


- Anthony A. & Lourdes J. 

"Tianyu has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, autism, and global developmental delays. At PT and OT clinics, he refuses to cooperate and even throws tantrums. Horse therapy is the only therapy Tianyu does year-round. Every time Tianyu goes to Tara’s Chance, he experiences what all kids want: to be accepted by others.


- Alice F.

What is Equine Therapy?

Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities to positively affect the cognitive, emotional, physical and overall wellness of people with a variety of disabilities and special needs. This therapy is unique, in that when using a horse, we are able to stimulate three-dimensional movement, which is the same as someone walking.When a horse walks, it rotates the riders hip and spine.
Riders learn how to balance, shift their weight and learn basic equilibrium responses which all transfer to added mobility on the ground. Research also confirms the neurological and behavioral effectiveness of equine therapy, showing that it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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