Who We Are
Equus Therapeutic, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 equine-assisted therapy program founded in 1982. We are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Member Center, and follow PATH's rigorous safety guidelines. Our board of directors oversees the program.
The mission of Equus Therapeutic is to provide a safe, encouraging environment where children and adults with special needs maximize their physical, emotional, and intellectual potential through the development of their relationship with horses.
We offer private, semiprivate, and group instruction in therapeutic riding for both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. For more information about therapeutic riding, click here.
Over the years, our riders have ranged in age from 2 to 70, and in special needs from mild learning disabilities to profound physical and mental challenges, including ADD, ADHD, arthritis, Asperger syndrome, autism, bipolar disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilites, reactive attachment disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and vision impairment. At present, approximately 50 riders take part in year-round riding lessons, and we serve approximately 30 riders in spring and summer horsemanship sessions for school groups.
Many of our riders participate in several events throughout the year: our Benefit Horse Shows, and Benefit Gymkhanas, our Ride-a-Thon, our "Dancing with the Horses" drill team event, and the Special Olympics equestrian event.
Our instructors, certified by PATH International, consult with physicians, therapists, and educators to tailor a beneficial therapeutic program for each rider. Volunteers assist with the classes, ensuring that the riders are in a safe and controlled environment.
Lessons are designed to promote success, and are held year-round in the indoor and outdoor arenas.
The horses for the program are carefully screened and trained. They are very special animals who are proven to be safe and who enjoy working with special riders.
Funding for the program comes from donations from businesses and individuals; grants from agencies such as the Williamstown Community Chest, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, the Equus Foundation, and the Berkshire-Taconic Foundation; an annual tag sale; special events (our Benefit Horse Shows and Gymkhanas, Ride-a-Thon, and "Dancing with the Horses"); and rider fees.
Board of Directors
Mark Paquette, president
Suzanne Davies, treasurer
Emma Demastrie, clerk
Members at Large: