Contact Melisa to make payments for lessons at melisa.oshields@yahoo.com.

What does this mean?  -  Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes PATH Intl. Centers that have met established industry standards. The accreditation process is a peer review system in which trained volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards. A center that meets the accreditation require-ments based on the administrative, facility, program and applicable special interest standards becomes a PATH Intl. 

Because of this status, we have access to Wounded Warrior Scholarships. Any veteran interested in therapeutic horse back riding needs to  contact the WWP Resource Center at 888-997-2586 or the local WWP, Inc. office. Ask for the PATH Intl. Program Referral for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies and ask to be sent to Hearts Therapeutic Riding in Leander. We would love to have you ride with us!

Please join us and support Equine Rehabilitation of Central Texas (ERCT) & Hearts Therapeutic Riding for a special wine tasting trail ride!  Next Ride: TBD.

What Does "Hearts Therapeutic
Riding" Do?

Hearts Therapeutic Riding provides safe, fun instruction with horses, both on horseback and on the ground, with numerous volunteers and PATH certified instructors.

What is PATH?

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs.

PATH is a global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit, with more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.

What Are Some Conditions Known To Improve Through Horseback Therapy?

  • ADD or other hyperactive disorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Emotional, behavioral, challenges
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual/speech impairment
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This is only a partial list. Please ask if you would like additional information.

What Can I Expect from "Hearts Therapeutic Riding" Instruction?

Horseback therapy promotes core strength, fine motor control, speech development, social and coping skills. The improvements are sometimes gradual, other times surprisingly swift, but always incredibly exciting.

An evaluation by a PATH instructor is conducted to determine ability and lesson possibilities, followed by consultation with the parent or adult student. Lessons will be scheduled, planned and conducted with instructors and, if considered necessary, volunteers to assist the student and instructor. As goals are achieved, new ones will be set. 

Please see testimonials from parents on the Home Page for more insight. Download Enrollment Packet HERE

You're Invited to a Wine
Tasting Trail Ride!

Hearts Therapeutic Riding is honored to have earned the status of becoming a PATH Premier Accredited Center! 

Must be 21 or older.  $75 - Email gilesrjess@gmail.com for more info.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Hearts Therapeutic is OPEN.

What does shelter-in-place mean? Shelter-in-Place means Hearts Therapeutic Riding and other therapy programs will continue with business as usual. 
CLASS program wrote: Therapy such as therapeutic riding  is considered an essential service and so we will continue to provide sessions for those that feel comfortable coming.  
The Medicaid Waiver program wrote: We as therapists are considered essential healthcare workers to provide medically necessary therapy to those who are disabled. So a “shelter in place order” would exclude us.
>>We continue to use caution, we disinfect all tack after each lesson, we are asking everyone to use our wash station before entering the tack up area and then again after the lesson.  And for our riders that require side walkers, we are asking parents to side walk so that we can practice the recommended  social distancing.<<