MINNESOTA PROGRAMS

FOR RIDERS WITH

DISABILITIES

 

April, 2014

NOTE:

               This listing does not indicate approval or recommendation of any program by the Minnesota Horse Council.  These are self-reports from the programs.  Be sure you research a program that you are interested in.  The PATH Intl. programs are usually non-profit. 


PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, formerly NARHA) has a national certification of programs & instructors for riders with physical disabilities & mental health/developmental issues.

EAGALA: (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).  National certification of programs & instructors for riders who have mental health/developmental issues (ground work only). 

Unless it’s stated that a program has an indoor arena, assume that it has only an outdoor arena.

 PATH Intl. (Formerly NARHA) Affiliated Programs:

 

COURAGE KENNY RIDERS:

Ken Giske (651-241-3344).  Affiliated with Courage Kenny Rehab Institute.  Lessons offered to children (age 3-18) who have physical and/or sensory integration disabilities.  Located at Washington County Fairgrounds.  Indoor arena.  Lessons offered April-October.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

EQUUL ACCESS, INC.:

Marsha Anderson, 13769 Pheasant Rd, Hutchinson, MN, 55350 (320-234-7895).  Email: info@equulaccess.org.  Web: www.equulaccess.org.  Equul Access offers equine-assisted activities for individuals with special needs in the McLeod County area.  Three 8-week sessions offered from April through October.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center and PATH certified instructors.  Also offers mentoring and consultation on EAAT.  Non-profit.

 

FORGET-ME-NOT FOUNDATION:

Jennifer Sutton, P.O. Box 106, Nashwauk, MN., 55769 (218-885-3663) www.fmnfride.com  fmnfride@northlc.com.  Program is located between Hibbing and Grand Rapids.  Serves riders who have physical or mental disability.  Year round.  Heated indoor arena, accessible playground with the only wheelchair-accessible swing in Mn.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

FREEDOM FARM:

Susie Bjorklund, 11500 Ferman Ave. SW, Waverly, MN, 55390 (952-955-2505).  www.freedomfarmmn.org

Email: info@freedomfarmmn.org.  Program serves children and adults who have physical, mental, and emotional challenges as well as active & veteran military service members.  Healing with Horses program for female war veterans.  Hope with Horses program for the disengaged high school student and at-risk teen.  Year-round.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center & instuctor.  Non-profit.

 

GATHERING PLACE STABLES:

Melanie Nix (651-323-3502)  23melanienix@gmail.com, 3843 Oakgreen Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082.
Programs provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to children, adults, and active and veteran military service members.  The programs are designed to promote physical, mental, and emotional well being.  When people and horses gather, miracles happen.  Heated indoor arena.  Non-profit.  Instructor certification through PATH International is pending.

 

HEALTH DIRECTED RIDING :

Rhonda Mostrom, PO Box 335, Grandy, MN, 55029 (612-247-9582) www.healthdirectedriding.org email: rkmostrom@hotmail.com.  Program located in Cambridge, MN.  Therapeutic horseback riding opportunities are offered to children and adults who have disabilities, while promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being.   May-October.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit. 

 

HOLD YOUR HORSES:

Janet Weisberg, OTR, Golden Valley, (763-595-7112)  www.holdyourhorses.org, email: officemanager@holdyourhorses.org.  Therapy practice provides individualized equine-assisted services to improve quality of life, specializing in OT, PT, and psychology.  Site is in Independence, MN.  Daily.  Heated indoor arena, year-round.  PATH Intl. certified instructors.  Non-profit.

 

JACK PINE STABLES:

Kristine Oppegaard, 8875 Jack Pine Hills Tr, Walker, MN, 56484 (218-547-2720).  Program serves children & adults who have physical & mental disabilities.  Serves north central Minn.  Special Olympics training site.  Jun-Oct.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

MN VALLEY RIDING ACADEMY at LEE-MAR RANCH EQUINE CENTER:

Jerry Ims, PO Box 151,5328 State Hwy 212 W, Granite Falls, MN 56241 (320-564-2310, 320-226-3349), www.lee-marranch.com, lmrec@mvtvwireless.com.  Main focus is on equine assisted riding for individuals with physical, mental, or behavioral challenges.  Two PATH Intl. accredited instructors.  Spring-fall.  Indoor & outdoor arenas.  Non-profit.

 

MAJESTIC HILLS RANCH:

Kris Zieska, 24580 Dakota Ave., New Market, MN, 55044 (952-426-5688), kzieska@majestichillsranch.com  www.majestichillsranch.org. Serving children and young adults with special needs as well as military veterans in rehabilitation. PATH Intl. certified instructors.  Spring-fall.  Non-profit.

 

MIRACLE HORSE RIDERS, INC.:

Candy Esterberg, 12373 485th Ave., Parkers Prairie, MN, 56361 (320-766-2994, 218-267-5216).  Miracle Horse Riders provides therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults who have physical or mental disabilities.  May-Nov.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

MOUNTED EAGLES:

Lynn Fairbanks, P.O. Box 566, Nisswa, MN 56468, (218-828-9920, 218-454-3228).  Facility located at Spirit Horse Center in Brainerd, MN.  www.mountedeagles.org email: info@mountedeagles.org.  Lessons offered to children and adults with physical, emotional and/or mental disabilities. Focus on self-esteem.  Year-round.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center & instructors.  Non-profit. 

 

NORTH COUNTRY R.I.D.E. :

North Country R.I.D.E., PO Box 312, Esko, MN, 55733 (218-879-7608) www.ncride.org, email: ncride@gmail.com.  Program serves Duluth and greater northeastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin area.  Riding sessions run from April through October in six week segments.  R.I.D.E.’s goal is to provide safe, therapeutically sound, goal-oriented riding sessions through the cooperation of physicians, therapists, educators, instructors and volunteers.  All disabilities considered, with ages ranging from 4 to 82 years to date.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructors.  Non-profit.

 

PROJECT ASTRIDE:

Clare Palmquist, P.O. Box 873, St. Joseph, MN, 56374 (320-468-2524)  www.astride.org, email: dmcp@fallsnet.com.  Program serves the St. Cloud and central Minnesota area.  Project ASTRIDE provides a community based recreational horseback riding experience for children and adults with disabilities.  Riding sessions run from April through October in eight-week sessions.  The pgm strives to meet the individual physical and social needs of its riders.  Indoor/outdoor arena and trails.  PATH Intl. Premier accredited center & Advanced instructor and registered instructor.  Non-profit.

 

RIDEABILITY:

Jeanie Michelizzi, P.O. Box 995, Pine Island, MN, 55963 (507-356-8154 or 507-271-8908)  www.rideability.org, email: promised meadows@gmail.com.  Serves riders with physical, mental and emotional disabilities and their siblings.  Family centered approach.  Goal is to integrate the riders with able-bodied riders.  Apr-Oct.  PATH Intl. Certified instructors.  Indoor arena.  Non-profit.

 

RIDING ON ANGELS’ WINGS:

Erica Berg, 5062 120th Ave N, Felton, MN  56536 (218-359-0007) (north of Moorhead)  www.ridingonangelswings.org,  email: execdirectorROAW@aol.com.  Hippotherapy, therapeutic sport riding, and equine facilitated learning, offered to people ages 2-18 with physical and mental disabilities.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Indoor arena.  Spring-Fall.  Non-profit.

 


RIVER VALLEY RIDERS:

Joan Berg, 8362 Tamarack Village, #119-440, Woodbury, MN, 55125 (651-439-2558)  www.rivervalleyriders.org, email: rjberg@centurytel.net.  A program started by experienced instructors and volunteers.  Program serves children and adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities.  Located in Afton, Scandia and western Wisc.  Apr – Oct.  PATH Intl. certified instructors.  Non-profit.

 

SHARADISE THERAPEUTIC FOUNDATION:

Shari Mangas, OTR, 10922 Bolton Ave. NW, Monticello, MN, 55362 (763-360-4117) www.SharadiseTherapy.org  email: smangas@ hotmail.com, see Sharadise Therapeutic Foundation on Facebook.  Primarily group and private lessons for children and adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. Services offered: occupational therapy, hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and Horses for Heroes program for veterans. Instructor is a PATH Intl. certified instructor and occupational therapist certified to do hippotherapy.  Heated indoor arena- year round lessons.  Non-profit. 

 

SPECIAL RECREATIONAL SERVICES::

Michael Oldfield, 10590 90th Ave. SE, Lake Lillian, MN, 56253.  (320-220-0940)  Program serves children and adults who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, as well as at-risk youth.  Year round.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

STABLE PATHWAYS (Bunker Park Stables):

Patti Franz, p.o. Box 10804, White Bear Lake, MN 55110  (763-757-9445)  www.stablepathways.org, office@ stablepathways.org.  Hippotherapy, groundwork, and therapeutic riding for children and adults who have physical or mental disabilities.  Private & group lessons.  Year round.  Indoor arena.  Site in Andover.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

THIS OLD HORSE:

Kate Nelson, 19025 Coates Blvd, Hastings, MN 55033 (651-437-1889)  www.thisoldhorse.org, info@thisoldhorse.org  Lessons available to children and adults who have physical, cognitive, or behavioral disabilities.  PATH-certified instructors.  Year round.  Indoor arena.  Non-profit.

 

TRUE STRIDES::

Alia Mortenson, 612 874-0667, www.truestrides.org.  True strides is located at the Camp Courage site in Maple Lake.  It offers therapeutic horseback riding and horse activities to residential summer campers and a 6-week riding session in Sept, 2014.  In 2015, the program will become year-round in their new indoor arena,    Instructor  is PATH International certified.  Non-profit.

 

VICTORY RIDERS:

Shelly DeRosier, 21315 Territorial Rd, Rogers, MN, 55374  (612-805-6279)  web: www.victory-riders.org, victoryriders@hotmail.com.  Program offers lessons to people with physical and mental disabilities, as well as people with mental illness.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Apr-Nov.  Indoor arena.  Non-profit.

 

WE CAN RIDE, INC. :

Mary Mitten, P.O. Box 1102, Minnetonka, MN, 55345, (952-934-0057)  www.wecanride.org, email: office@wecanride.org.  Provides equine-assisted activities to persons of all ages with physical, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral disabilities.  Lessons offered January through October.  Sites at: Minnetonka (riding & hippotherapy), and Marine on St. Croix (riding),  Classes offered evenings and weekend afternoons.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructors & PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center.  Non-profit.

 

WILLSTAR RIDING ACADEMY LLC::

Crystal Shephard, 2344 Balsam Rd NW, Bemidji MN 56601 (218-444-8626)  willstar@paulbunyan.net  www.willstarriding.com  Lessons offered to those with cognitive and physical disabilities ages 12 and up.  Jun-Aug.  Indoor arena.  PATH Intl. certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

 

EAGALA Affiliated Programs:

 

Acres for Life:

Lynn Moore, LADC, Box 831, Lindstrom, MN 55045 (651-353-2860)  www.acresforlife.com  lmoore@acresforlife,com  Instructor is EAGALA Advanced certified & licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor working with adults & children who have experienced chemical dependency, mental health issues, fetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, trauma, abuse, grief & loss.  Site in Chisago.  Covered arena.

 

BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS PLUS P.A.:

Dr. Jean Johnson, Licensed Psychologist, EAGALA-certified Instructor, 1301 Corporate Center Dr, Suite 116, Eagan, MN 55121 (651-402-6209).  Works with people who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, persistent developmental disorder, and serious and persistent mental health issues.  Site in Inver Grove Heights. 

 

CENTAUR Healing Center:

Sharon Davern, LP, LMFT, 2928 90th Ave SE, Eyota, MN 55934.  (507-534-2668)  sharondavern@ymail.com.  Web: www.centaurhealingcenter.com  EAGALA-certified staff working with therapeutic groups for kids 8-12, women who have experienced domestic violence, PTSD (especially veterans).  Also team-building and leadership training.  Indoor arena.  Year round.  Site in Eyota (Rochester area).

 

Cross P Ranch:

Michele Pickel, 1225 W Rondeau Lk Dr, Forest Lake, MN 55025  (651-343-5016)  Web: www.crosspranch.com  pickel@csp.edu  Instructor is a licensed teacher, reading specialist, college professor at Concordia University, St. Paul and is Advanced EAGALA-certified.  Cross-P Ranch is the home of Horse Powered Reading.  By combining EAGALA model Equine Assisted Learning activities with reading strategies, struggling readers engage their mind, body and emotions to learn reading skills.  Horse Powered Reading addresses emotional and behavioral issues along with reading skills.  Summer reading camps and literacy field trips as well as limited tutoring opportunities are offered.  Site in Lino Lakes.

 

Eagle Vista Ranch:

Liz Letson, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, 16150 Golden Eagle Court NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 (218-760-0656)  Web: www.eaglevistaranch.com  eaglevistaranch@gmail.com.  Facilitator has masters degree in counseling and is certified by EAGALA.  Population includes all ages including EBD & people at risk, specializing in trauma.  Focused on strength-based activities.  Access to indoor arena. 

 

ERIK’S RANCH:

Catherine Nordberg, 7712 Gleason Rd, Edina, MN 55439 (612-396-7829).  Web: www.eriksranch.org.  Lessons offered to people ages 4-35 who have physical & mental disabilities.  Site in western suburbs.  Operates year-round.  EAGALA-certified Instructor.  Non-profit.

 

Hillside HOPE Thru Hooves:

Terry & Angel Bateman, 14179 55th St. NE, St. Michael, MN 55376, 612-840-5366, 763-238-7283, www.hillsidehopethruhooves.com, info@ hillsidehopethruhooves.com.  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning for individuals, youth, families, and groups with behavioral or emotional issues, working on communication and teamwork.  Year-round.  EAGALA certified instructor.  Non-profit.

 

HOPE RANCH:

Kit Muellner, LICSW, 6005 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, MN, 55902 (507-281-3033) www.hoperanchteam.com, kit@hoperanchteam.com .  Equine-assisted psychotherapy that addresses many mental health and human development needs through doing ground work with horses.  Facilitator is Licensed Ind. Clinical Social Worker, EAGALA certified.  Indoor arena.

 

HORSES HELPING HUMANS:

Shannon Bruce, (763-479-9970)  www.southernvalleyalliance.org/hhh, shannon5bruce@frontiernet.net.  Clients are domestic abuse survivors.  Sponsored by the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women.  Site at Leatherdale Center, U of Mn St. Paul.  EAGALA certified.  Non-profit.

 

 

 

MIDNIGHT SUN ENTERPRISES LLC:

Kerry Severson, 11050 Manning Ave S, Hastings, MN, 55033 (612-590-4687)  www.midnightsunenterprises.net, email: info@midnightsunenterprises.net.  Equine assisted psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups at private horse facility.  Focused on personal growth and awareness for individuals and groups who have various mental health and relationship issues.  Programs for business, corporations, and veterans also available.  Indoor arena.  EAGALA certified staff.

 

ON TRACK FOR LIFE:

Pat Wagner, (651-270-5611)  pwgner@ontrackforlife.com.  Equine assisted learning for teams & corporations to improve communication, problem solving, effectiveness, decision making & leadership development.  Local site in Independence, MN but she works all over the country.  EAGALA certified.  (not updated)

 

QUIET WATERS COUNSELING:

Jill Dahmen, P.O. Box 404, Little Falls, MN, 56345 (320-630-6422)  quietwaterscounseling.com  Faith based program serving teens & adults who experience abuse, trauma, marital challenges, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and life change.  Instructors are EAGALA certified.  Equine assisted learning and psychotherapy.

 

STABLE THINKING:

Laraine Lekander, 2590 Cty Rd 139, Barnum, MN, 55707 (218-390-1707)  ADRServicesmn@gmail.com.  Equine assisted psychotherapy & equine assisted learning.  Program works with individuals, families, and workplaces.  EAGALA certified staff.

Indoor arena available. 

 

TRUE BALANCE:

Dr. Leslie Russell-Martin (LMFT, PhD, LP), 16016 233rd St, Little Falls, MN, 56345, (218-831-1871) www.truebalancefarm.com  email: info@truebalancefarm.com.  Offers outpatient mental health services for children, individuals, couples, & families.  EAGALA certified staff.  Indoor arena.  Year-round.

 

WISDOM HORSE COACHING:

Lynn Baskfield, (612-823-7022)  info@whc.com,  web:www.whc.com.  Equine experiences geared toward corporate clients, retreats, workshops and mid-life women. Also offers a year-long course and workshops teaching people to teach these concepts.  Various sites.  EAGALA certified instructor

 

 

 

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