What is EAT?


To improve the health, increase the confidence, and promote the independence of persons with special needs through the partnership with horses.

At REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, helping physically, mentally or emotionally challenged people reach their potential through Equine Assisted Therapies (EAT) is what we are all about. We have combined a dynamic core of equine professionals, volunteers and horses to provide this unique form of therapy for our clients. The bond between horse and human is undeniable and well-documented. Because of this and the rhythmic, repetitive motion of the horse, equine-assisted activities can produce life-changing results.

Conditions that may benefit from Equine Assisted Therapies include: 

Autism • Muscular dystrophy • Down syndrome

Multiple sclerosis • Cerebral palsy • PTSD • ADHD

Anxiety • Depression • Addiction • Cancer Survival

Attachment and Social Disorders •Visual and Hearing Impairment

Learning Disabilities • Emotional or Behavioral Challenges





  • Social interaction
  • Coordination and cooperation
  • Structure and routine
  • Motivation and self-esteem     
  • Channel anxious behavior
  • Sense of success
  • Sequencing and planning
  • Increase attention span and self-confidence





  • Improve balance and posture
  • Maintain and strengthen weak muscles
  • Slow down muscle degeneration
  • Relax tight muscles
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills 
  • Improve hand-eye coordination  



We work to raise awareness and help people affected by our cause. Our success is measured in the number of people we can help with the quality of programs and services we provide. These programs are fueled by our dedicated staff, caring volunteers and generous donors like you. 

If you have a loved one or know someone who may benefit from equine-assisted activities, please call 254-848-7888 or email ride@reachtrc.org for more information.