In hippotherapy sessions, an occupational therapist uses the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to help clients meet physical and emotional goals.  Children and adults hoping to improve focus, balance, muscle strength, communication, and posture to be more independent in daily life benefit from hippotherapy.  The sessions are tailored to your goals and home exercises are given to ensure progress at home.

As opposed to hippotherapy, the goal of therapeutic horseback riding is for the client to learn to ride a horse independently rather than meet physical or emotional therapy goals. In therapeutic horseback riding, a client learns to steer and control the horse under the guidance of a riding instructor. At Taking the Lead, Inc., clients can work toward goals of going on trail rides through the woods or showing off their skills at one of our horse shows.

Our passion is helping young adults use their love of animals to build careers in animal-related industries. The curriculum is developed by an occupational therapist to teach job skills in youth transitioning into adulthood. On our 80-acre working horse and dog training facility, each program is tailored individually to serve the specific interests of each of our clients.

We create a positive environment for our students to build the confidence they need to find a job they can be excited about!

We offer private and group dog training sessions, a doggy daycare training camp, and specialized service dog training.

Your generosity will have a direct impact on the life of a child or adult with a physical, emotional, and/or developmental disability.

“First time here and I have to say all these gals and guys were great! They were so caring and knowledgeable and you can tell they all have a heart of gold for helping others succeed!”
Caretaker of a Hippotherapy Client with Cerebral Palsy
“My daughter has autism and is visually impaired, and we weren’t sure horseback riding was a possibility for her … until we met Chelsea. No one has ever connected with my daughter so quickly. The entire team is supportive, patient, and compassionate, and the hippotherapy program is really well-organized. We still kind of can’t believe this place exists and feel so lucky to have found it. Highly recommended.”
Mother of a Hippotherapy Client
“Chelsea is a great trainer of all animals and has a heart for people! Her therapeutic riding program at River Valley Ranch was great. Now she is on her own with wonderful year-round facilities on a beautiful farm. If you or your children have ever dreamed of being on a horse, but didn’t think it was possible because of a disability, you owe it to yourself to check this out! Make your dreams come true with Chelsea at Timberbrook Farm!”
Board Member