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.
Therapeutic Riding Lessons
- Spring Session: March 20 – May 25
- Summer Session: June 5 – August 3
- Fall: August 14 – November 16
- Winter Fun Weeks: November 27 – December 14
Hippotherapy through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation
- Spring Session: March 17 – May 19
- Summer Session: May 26 – July 28
- Fall Session: August 4 – October 6
- Late Fall Session: October 13 – December 1
A Horse Like Me summer program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tuesdays, June 6 – July 18 (Organized through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation)
CampAbility with Crossroads Easterseals
Thursdays, June and July (Organized through Crossroads Easterseals)