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 21 – May 26
Summer Session: June 6 – August 11
Fall: August 22 – November 17
Winter Fun Weeks: November 28 – December 8
Hippotherapy through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation
Spring Session: March 18 – May 20
Summer Session: May 27 – July 29
Fall Session: August 5 – October 7
Late Fall Session: October 14 – December 16
A Horse Like Me summer program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tuesdays, June 7 – August 2 (organized through St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation)
CampAbility with Crossroads Easterseals
Summer – Thursdays, June through July (organized through Crossroads Easterseals)