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Adaptive Riding

Adaptive Riding is an activity on horseback that positively contributes to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of children with special needs.

Back In The Saddle

Back in the Saddle lesson program at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson is for men and women age 55 and over with age-related challenges.

Equine Assisted Learning

Participants learn relationship skills to promote human growth and development in a context that includes various activities with equines.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy is a non-traditional form of counseling provided by a Licensed Mental Health Professional.

Heroes on Horses

Heroes on Horses is specifically designed to address the needs of veterans living with disabilities.

Physical Benefits

Cognitive Benefits

Social Benefits

Emotional Benefits

Who Can Ride

TROT provides services to a diverse population of individuals living with disabilities starting at age 4, including a specific class for military Veterans.

Most Common diagnoses are, but not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Musclar Dystorphy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Limb Amputations

Adaptive Riding

Throughout the world, there are thousands of individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to prevent a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. Because horseback riding rhythmically moved the participant’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, participant with physical challenges often shows improvement in flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. Emotional benefits include reduced feelings of depression and anxiety, increased self-esteem, and a sense of control and connection.

Ready to harness your unbridled potential?

Back In The Saddle (BITS)

Back in the Saddle lesson program at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson is for men and women age 55 and over with age-related challenges. BITS is designed to enhance flexibility, endurance and strength for those experiencing reduced mobility because of injury, arthritis, low muscle tone or cognitive impairment. Once cleared by their physicians, individuals can take part regardless of their riding experience. Besides gaining riding skills, participants report experiencing physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits. We structure lessons for multiple levels of instruction from beginner and intermediate to more advanced riders.

Back In the Saddle allows TROT to offer a beneficial service to a multi-generational population of demographics of the therapeutic horsemanship program while staying true to TROT’s mission and core values.

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Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)

Equine-assisted learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for  educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Working with equines provides opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, honesty and communication. 

Various format offerings are available for residential school groups, corporations, businesses, individuals and more. 

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

EFP is the practice of using horses for personal and emotional growth. All EFP sessions are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional who works with an individual to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the client and the mental health professional.

Honesty and Trust

Self-control and confidence

Respect for self and others

Problem solving and cooperation

Improved communication skills

Responsibility and accountability

Boundary setting

Improved Mood

Experience the healing power of horses

Heroes on Horses


Heroes on Horses is specifically designed to address the needs of veterans of all abilities in our community. Our vision is to help all veterans achieve both physical and emotional goals and improve their quality of life through the use of equine assisted activities and therapies. Horses have a long history of being used in programs aimed at rehabilitating individuals suffering from emotional and physical wounds. Equine therapy has been successful in helping veterans show improvements in emotional awareness, stress tolerance, independence, TBI, post-traumatic stress, impulse control and many more.

To honor and pay special tribute to those who have served, TROT offers the program at no cost to the veteran. This is TROT's way of giving back and honoring those who have served.

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