Overview

Founded in 1998, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization offering equine-assisted activities and therapy services to a wide range of child, adolescent and adult participants with physical, cognitive, behavioral and/or emotional disabilities. Morning Dove is a Premier Accredited member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH). Morning Dove serves over 120 students each week, 42 weeks each year from the greater Indianapolis community.

Therapeutic riding programs are offered Monday – Thursday. We also offer a broad array of equine facilitated learning programs, including workshops, field trips, camps and semester long programs. In 2017, Morning Dove introduced its newest program, Lead Changes, serving at-risk youth in our community.

Walking trails, an outdoor arena, and an indoor arena give us the flexibility to provide diverse services in most weather conditions.

Morning Dove also participates in Indiana Special Olympics, which offers equestrian sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic-type sport for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 2014, Morning Dove hosted the US Special Olympics equestrian team for team training in preparation for the 2015 Special Olympic World Games.

New participants are referred by current families, physicians, therapists, or find Morning Dove by word of mouth. After an initial assessment by one of our PATH-certified instructors, goals are established for each rider. Riders participate in weekly group sessions which include learning about horses, grooming, and mounted activities. Sessions are carefully planned with specific cognitive, physical, and social goals for each participant, so progress can be tracked and lesson plans can be adjusted to meet each rider’s individual needs.

Since our founding in 1998, Morning Dove has grown into a well-established, nationally recognized therapeutic riding center. Exciting things are in the works for our future as we build new capacity to serve our growing community!