Who are we? TRI is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1984 to provide children and adults with disabilities with the opportunity to experience the joy of horseback riding. Since moving into our beautiful new facility in 2010, we can now offer many different programs – group and private riding lessons, ground lessons (grooming, tacking, and showmanship), day tours and day programming for groups, and many more.
Who are our riders? Our riders come from Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Oakland, Monroe, and Saginaw counties, with the vast majority coming from Washtenaw County. Riders range in age from 4 years old into their 80’s and have a wide variety of diagnoses – autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, Angelman syndrome, vision and hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and many others.
Why therapeutic riding? Ask our riders and they’ll tell you that riding is FUN! However so much more is going on. Not only are our riders forming a special bond with their horses, but they are improving their balance, strengthening their muscles, improving their communication and social skills, all while working on their personal and riding goals. These things work together to improve self-esteem and confidence in all other areas of their lives.