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The Therapeutic Equestrian Center engages the power of horses to challenge people with special needs to build stronger bodies, minds, and spirits.

Our riders make improvements:

  • 83% of participants in therapeutic riding showed improvement.
  • 41% of our participants moved up a riding level.
  • 98% of our Saddle STARS participants showed overall improvement. 

Who is the Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC)?

TEC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 service organization that provides year-round therapeutic horse-related activities to those with special needs. TEC exists to enhance the lives of people with an array of special needs and disabilities through engaging them in horse-related activities. TEC’s therapeutic riding program helps people from children to seniors find hope and reach potentials they never thought possible. Participants benefit in a wide variety of ways. Therapeutic riding is a form of physical exercise. Physical therapists state that the horse’s movement and gait mirrors people walking with benefits that can’t be replicated in a clinic. Horses sense our emotions allowing a special connection to form between the horse and their rider. That connection may motivate a rider to utter their first words or empower them for the first time in their lives to be in control of a situation. Riders often also experience benefits such as greater ability to stay focused, behavioral improvements, and increased muscle strength. These benefits can improve classroom experiences as educators often see improvements as skills acquired in school are applied in new settings.

Want to see what TEC is all about?  Check out this video produced by one of our volunteers - Luana Santos of LuSantos Photography.  Click here to visit her Facebook page.

Who do we serve?

We provide horse-related activities and therapeutic riding to people with special needs and disabilities, including but not limited to:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Bi-polar Disorder
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
    • Developmental Delay
    • Down Syndrome
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Learning Disability
    • Spinal Bifida
    • Visual Impairment
    • And Much More!
Contact us today at (269) 429-0671 to learn if your child, family member, friend, or neighbor could benefit by participating in our program.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?

You can help make a difference in the lives of people with special needs by helping them to have more "I Did It" moments!  There are many ways you can HELP TEC!  Lean how today!

Don't have a lot of time to volunteer?

There are other ways you can help TEC and our riders.  We always welcome a financial donation but we know that's not always possible.  Don't fret though.  There are other ways you can help:

  • Help us to spread the word about TEC ... Telling your family and friends about us!
  • Participate in one of our special events.
  • Lend a helping hand during one of our special events.
  • Donate an item from our Wish List.                        

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