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.
Spring: March 9 to May 21 (11 weeks; or, 10 weeks if you plan to be away for your Spring Break) NOTE: start of Spring session may be adjusted depending on the weather.
Summer: June 1 – August 6
Early Fall: August 17 – October 22
Late Fall: November 2 – December 17 (no lessons the week of Thanksgiving)
Horse Like Me Summer Adventure with St. Vincent Pediatric Rehap:
Tuesdays, June 9 – August 4
Crossroads Easterseals Summer Program:
Thursdays, mid-June – July