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Legacy Therapeutic Riding Center

Mission Statement

 Legacy Therapeutic Riding Center strives to enrich the lives of children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional challenges through the healing effects and relaxed environment of horseback riding and care. 

 The ultimate goal of our programs is to improve mobility, build confidence, and encourage personal growth through horse interaction.


LTRC is a 501(c)3 organization, established to provide much needed equine services to those in need within the Western New York community.

Special Event

Tails and Ties Gala

Legacy Therapeutic Riding Center enriches lives by integrating the unique attributes of the Therapeutic Horse within a program, which improves mobility, builds confidence and encourages personal growth in children and adults with physical, mental,and emotional challenges.

You are invited to celebrate and learn more about this beneficial community program and resource.

Please join us on November 3rd, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

More information can be found here.

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What is Equestrian Therapy?
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Equestrian therapy (also known as equine therapy or equine-assisted therapy) is a form of therapy that utilizes horses to help promote emotional growth. This type of therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, anxiety, autism, dementia, delay in mental development, down syndrome and other genetic syndromes, depression, trauma and brain injuries, behavior and abuse issues and other mental health issues or disabilities.

Riders with disabilities have proven their remarkable equestrian skills in various national and international competitions, which is why equestrian therapy has been recognized and identified as an important area in the medical field.

Equestrian or equine therapy is also an effective technique many therapists use to teach troubled youth and their parents/guardians on how they learn, react and follow instructions.  The students were asked to get the horse to move outside of a circle, without even touching it. Students tried to clap, yell and whistle but the horse didn’t heed the signal. In the same manner, parents, friends and others who are part of a troubled youth’s therapy program learn that these same actions would not be the best way to make the person listen and comply.

Why Horses?

Horses are the most popularly used animal for therapy because, horses have the ability to mirror the rider’s emotion, and they respond immediately and give instant feedback.

Since horses behave similarly as human beings do in their social and responsive behavior; it is always easy for patients to establish a connection with the horse.

Therapeutic Benefits of Equestrian Training

People with cognitive, psycho-motor and behavioral disabilities have shown positive results when equestrian or equine therapy is demonstrated properly by certified equine therapists. Just like other therapies–such as physical, occupational and speech-language–people with disabilities are being assisted by certified professionals to help cope, without the patients or students feeling that they are actually under-going therapy.

Equestrian or equine therapy helps its patients or students to:

  • Build sense of self-worth, self-concept
  • Improve communication
  • Build trust and self-efficiency
  • Develop socialization skills and decrease isolation
  • Enjoy nature and fresh air
  • Feel relaxed
  • Learn impulse control and emotional management
  • Set perspective
  • Learn their limits or boundaries
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History of Equestrian Therapy
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Ancient Greek literature mentioned the use of horse-back riding as therapy. In 600 BC, Orbasis documented the therapeutic benefit of horse riding.

The founding of the Community Association of Riding of the Disabled (CARD) started therapeutic riding in the USA and Canada in 1960. It has become a recreation and a motivational activity for people with disabilities, while also recognizing it as a relaxing therapy for them.  The oldest-known center for people with disabilities in the US was established in 1969 in Michigan at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding center for the Handicapped.

Find out more. Contact us today.

Office Phone: 716.276.8947  | Barn Phone: 716.741.3244

Address: 5940 Newhouse Road, East Amherst, NY 14051