Launched in 2010, EQUI-KIDS affiliate program, EQUI-VETS Service Program, offers physical and mental healing through equine activities for armed service members wounded in the line of duty. Offering therapeutic horseback riding, horse care activities and outdoor experiences, this program is offered to active duty and retired veterans at no cost in honor of their dedicated service to our country. Interacting with the horse strengthens emotional bonds, builds trust and confidence with each session. The goal of the program is to assist in physical and mental healing through equine activities to help our heroes reconnect to their families and their lives. 

The EQUI-VETS Service Program offers the support of fellow military personnel to assist with the therapeutic riding session, and for those participants who do not wish to ride, many join our volunteer ranks to lend a hand on the farm. 

For more information about our critical Program Services, contact Kathy Chitwood, Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at kathy.chitwood@equikids.org.

Therapy Services

EQUI-KIDS proudly serves more than 137 individuals each week through our therapeutic riding program. We offer 30-minute private lessons, 45-minute semi-private lessons (2 riders) and 60-minute group lesson (4 riders).  Our team of hard-working horses provide equine-assisted activities to a diverse group of riders each week and our programs offer support to individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more.

2017 Schedule
Fall Session (September 11 – November 4) 

No Lessons on September 23


Holiday Session (November 27 to December 16)    


EQUI-KIDS offers a School Partnership Program to benefit special needs students from area elementary and middle school systems. Students participate in riding and theory classes once a week over a six-week period every spring and fall. We partner with special education teachers to reinforce their lesson plans and enhance the life skills and development of special needs students. ​For more information contact Kathy Chitwood at (757) 721-7350 or via email at kathy.chitwood@equikids.org

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy  - EAGALA Model

School Partnership Program

EQUI-KIDS offers physical and occupational therapy services incorporating Hippotherapy (Hippotherapy is greek for horse/hippo and treatment /therapy). Hippotherapy  uses the movement of the horse to improve physical condition, neurological function and sensory processing. Our specially trained Therapists  utilizes the multi-dimensional movement of the horse to achieve gait training, balance, postural/core control, strengthening and range of motion goals. Impairments are addressed through the variability of the horse’s movement by modifying the rhythm, tempo and cadence of the horse’s movement. This movement provides physical and sensory input which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. For more information contact Kathy Chitwood at (757) 721-7350 or via email at kathy.chitwood@equikids.org

EQUI-VETS Program Services

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an interactive process with the combined use of horses, a licensed therapist and an equine specialist to address mental health goals. There is no riding involved and all activities are conducted from the ground. We also offer Art Therapy and combination sessions "Art with Horses". 

* People from all ages can benefit from EAP, as well as individuals with behavioral issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, anger management, conflict resolution, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, stress, Autism, eating disorders, victims of abuse, bereavement, low self-esteem, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, people who are unresponsive to traditional therapies, and people with other mental health challenges.

* All our counselor's are licensed mental health counselors, registered art therapists and EAGALA certified. For more information on the EAGALA model please visit www.eagala.org. For more information on Art Therapy please visit www.arttherapy.org

* We accept most major insurance companies and offer group, individual and couples therapy.
 

For more information about our critical Program Services, contact Kathy Chitwood, Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at kathy.chitwood@equikids.org.

Equine Assisted Activities