Morning Dove offers several programs for children and adults with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities from therapeutic riding, hippo therapy to specialized programs for military veterans and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each of these programs offer an excellent opportunity for participants to improve their mind and spirit as well as physical strength. Equine assisted activities and therapies help individuals build a trusting and accepting relationship with a horse, while being surrounded by supportive instructors and volunteers. The horse’s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three-dimensional movement pattern provides healthy exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone. The confidence gained from working with horses and the social interactions among their peers raises self-esteem and increases self-sufficiency. This unique interaction with horses has proven to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction, and offer a haven where riders can feel a sense of empowerment.

Please note that Morning Dove does have weight limits for participants in any of our riding (mounted) programs for your safety and the safety of our volunteers and horses. Any participant in a mounted program at Morning Dove must be under 180 lbs, verified by his/her physician. Thank you for your understanding.

2018 Schedule

Therapeutic Riding Lessons

  • Barn Buddies: February 5 – March 8
  • Spring Session: March 19 – May 24
  • Summer Session:  June 4 – August 2
  • Fall: August 13 – December 6 (with 2 vacation weeks: week of October 15 and week of November 19)

Hippotherapy through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • Spring Session:  March 16 – May 18
  • Summer Session: May 25 – July 27
  • Fall Session: August 3 – October 5
  • Late Fall Session: October 12 – December 14

Lead Changes — Program for at Risk Youth

  • school partnership-based program; contact Morning Dove for more information

A Horse Like Me summer program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tuesdays, June 5 – July 10 (Organized through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation)

CampAbility with Crossroads Easterseals

Thursdays, June and July (Organized through Crossroads Easterseals)