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"From elementary school through college Therapeutic Horseback Riding provided me the opportunity to build trust, improve time management, share sensitive communication, improve concentration, become honest, and most of all, reduced my feelings of isolation. Children facing adversity, either emotionally, physically or both, will benefit from the process of change and true self-empowerment that results from equine therapy. I hope we can bring this proven method of physical and mental therapy to as many children as possible. With your support I know we can."
— Marc O’Brien, Author
Sanctuary Island, Inc,.
is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit public charity

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Program Details

Horseback riding is a well-proven method of physical and mental therapy. Sanctuary Island Inc. coordinates equine-related activities and therapeutic programs specifically to assist war veterans and children who are disabled and/or facing a life’s challenge. Therapeutic Horseback Riding programs support:

  • Amputation
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Isolation/social behavior disorders
  • Emotional, behavioral difficulties
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Reactive attachment disorder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Strokes
  • Substance addiction and abuse
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Visual and auditory impairment
  • Weight control disorder
Our programs meet the qualifications of EAGALA and PATH International

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is a non-profit organization developed in the field of Horseback Assisted Psychotherapy. A powerful, effective, interesting, and fun therapeutic alternative that works. The growth and learning of all involved is intense and very rewarding.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), promotes safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has nearly 800 member centers and over 6,300 individual members in countries all over the world.