We Support Our Troops

The core of the Shepard Meadows mission is its equine assisted activities program. Both mounted and unmounted Horesemanship programs. Shepard Meadows is serving an increasing number of participants in four semesters – Spring, Summer, Fall and extended Fall program.

Application for Program Participation:

  • An assessment and screening process conducted by staff determines eligibility into the program. The assessment process provides an opportunity to determine if the program activities would be safe and appropriate for the individual and what resources would be needed such as – horse, riding equipment, volunteer and staffing needs.

     Download the Participant Application

Programs and Services Offered:

  • Veterans Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching Program
  • Therapeutic Riding Lessons – Mounted and Unmounted
  • Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) Classes
  • Peers Horsemanship and Games Programs
  • Community Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Activities
  • Field Trips
  • On-Site Workshops / Educational Opportunities

General Program Outline:

  • Once accepted into the program, individual goals are established for the participant and progress is documented each week.
  • Goals may be designed to incorporate both riding and therapy objectives, such as Physical, Occupational, Expressive Therapy and Speech and Language targets, to name a few. All goals are defined in collaboration with the participant and family, Program Director and Riding Instructor.
  • Participants may participate in both mounted and unmounted equine-assisted activities, which are conducted by PATH Intl. certified instructors.
  • Most participate in one 30-60 minute session each week for the length of the semester, with the majority continuing from one semester to the next.
  • Sessions can be Private (30 minutes) or Group (60 minutes).

Determination for private or group sessions will be made upon assessment and dependent upon the individualized goals established.


Lesson activities may include – developing basic riding skills, exercises, games, steering through obstacle courses and Sensory Trail riding, as available.

Financial Assistance

Participants in our therapeutic riding programs may apply for financial assistance each fiscal year.

SMTRC Financial Assistance Application