Equine Assisted Activities

EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program provides spring, summer, fall and winter lessons to offer equine assisted activities to the Hampton Roads community. We also offer educational support through our School Partnership Program and services to benefit disabled men and women who have served our country through EQUI-VETS Service Program.

  • Seasonal Lessons

    Seasonal Lessons

    Our organization proudly serves more than 90 individuals each week through our lesson program. We offer 30-minute private lessons, 45-minute semi-private lessons (2 riders in each semi-private) and 60-minute group lesson (not to exceed 4 riders). We are delighted to announce that with the expansion of our facility and our program, we have reduced our wait list to zero! Seasonal lesson space is limited, but we do have room for new riders!

    Download Our 2015 Rate Information

    For more information about our Seasonal Lessons, contact Kathy Chitwood,
    Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at

    Download our Adult Registration Package
    Download our Minor Registration Package

  • Equi-Vets

    Launched in 2010, EQUI-KIDS affiliate program, EQUI-VETS, 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.

    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 EQUI-VETS Service Program, contact Kathy Chitwood,
    Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at

    Download our EQUI-VETS brochure
    Download our EQUI-VETS Registration Form

  • School Partnership Program

    School Partnership Program

    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 look forward to expanding this program to provide services Monday through Thursday so that we can continue to enhance the life skills and development of special needs students.

    For more information about our School Partnership Program, contact Kathy Chitwood,
    Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at

  • Hippotherapy


    EQUI-KIDS offers Hippotherapy to individuals as a treatment that uses multidimensional movement of the horse to improve physical condition, neurological function and sensory processing. Our Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists incorporate 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 horses movement. This movement provides physical and sensory input which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The variability of the horse’s gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of input to the patient and use this movement in combination with other treatment strategies to achieve desired therapy goals or functional outcomes.

    EQUI-KIDS’ Hippotherapy program is offered under the direction of Hippotherapy expert and Physical Therapist, Molly Lingua. Molly has been involved with therapeutic riding since 1984 and has been working with clients using Hippotherapy principles for over 20 years. In 1987, she was selected to study Hippotherapy at the Rommel Klinik in Germany. Molly was an active participant in the Hippotherapy Curriculum Development Committee and was a founding member of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). In 1988, she began teaching “Introduction to Hippotherapy” and has had the opportunity to lecture in the United States, Canada and Australia.

    For more information about our Hippotherapy Program, contact Kathy Chitwood, Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at

  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

    Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)

    We are proud to offer experiential psychotherapy under the guidance of Melanie Huss. Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is the practice of using horses for emotional growth, where participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The program has proven to be very effective in building confidence, improving communication and giving personal insights to participants involved with equine assisted therapy.

    Much of the equine therapy is facilitated by non-verbal communication skills. Horses, like many other animals, communicate non-verbally. They use body language and often mirror the emotions and behaviors of the participants that surround them. EAP builds skills in problem solving, teamwork, confidence, attitude, emotional growth and personal responsibility. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

    For more information about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, contact Kathy Chitwood, Program Director, at (757) 721-7350 or via email at

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