Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas is 501(3)c non-profit 

organization formed in June of 2012 to rehabilitate neglected horses.
Many healthy horses later, Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding emerged
as these rehabilitated horses gained new purpose in serving children and adults with special needs and individuals recovering from trauma.


Hopeful Hearts provides therapeutic sessions and riding lessons weekly with the effort of several certified PATH instructors and volunteers.


In addition, we have provided horseback riding for Veterans' Night Out and conducted camps during summer and school holidays. We also offer frequent volunteer training for working with horses and students.


ERCT received a grant for camp scholarships for youth with mental health disabilities. If you are interested  in this scholarship, please contact us.

Leo, a recently rescued horse, healing after surgery.


Most of our horses were in very
poor condition when we acquired
them, but have flourished under care and attention, becoming excellent instruction horses.

Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding provides academic and social skills while developing physical strength and stamina, as well as reducing stress from trauma.


Hearts Therapeutic Riding is working toward becoming a PATH Premier Accredited Center.

Testimonials​​

Sign Up for Our Summer Health & Horse Camps

Texas Stars Foundation awards ERCT with funding to provide therapeutic riding for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI.)

As a non-profit organization, we depend on volunteers to help care for horses, maintain the property and assist children with riding. We could not do it without our volunteers.


Email us for our next volunteer orientation: hopefulheartsvolunteers@gmail.com


For information on making a tax-deductible donation, please click HERE.

For current events and volunteer orientations, please follow us on Face Book:
www.facebook.com/equinerehabilitationcentraltexas

Our summer Health and Horses Camps are filling up. If you are interested in more information, contact Jessica, our Program Director at jessnatx@gmail.com.

Who We Are

This is our newest rescued horse from
the Ark/La kill pen. He's a friendly, calm Belgian. He arrived skinny and sick and has already gained a couple hundred pounds. He's healthy now and he is an eating machine!


We will appreciate any and all donations of horse-quality coastal hay or alfalfa
hay or monetary donations to help us
pay for this big horse. Click on the
Contact & Donations
page to make
your online donation.


We Need You

ERCT Founder, Executive Director & Certified PATH Instructor, Lisa Rivers, with Jake.

Jonah wants attention. So please come by to groom him and walk him around.


Meet Our Newest Rescue - Jonah


Camp Scholarships

"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"

Hopeful Hearts