Welcome to Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso!
Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso (THEP) is a non-profit 501c3 organization affiliated with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Our therapeutic riding center is located in El Paso, Texas, and has served the Borderland area – which includes El Paso, Las Cruces, Fort Bliss and Juarez- for over 23 years.
Equine-assisted therapeutic experiences are far more than mere “pony rides”. Rather, they are a complex and exciting means of therapy that produce tangible physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and educational benefits.
THEP provides therapeutic riding sessions, privately, in small groups and with camps designed to meet the needs of each individual. We are glad you have come to visit our site, because we believe deeply in what we do at THEP.
What is Therapeutic Horseback Riding?
Therapeutic riding uses equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the physical and emotional well being of people with disabilities. Horseback riding for the disabled originated in Europe in the 1950's and by 1960 North American Riding for the Handicapped Association now Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) was formed to promote equine activities for individuals with disabilities.
Horseback riding offers therapy as well as recreation for the disabled student. A wide range of physical, mental and emotional impairments, as well as learning disabilities can be served through horseback riding. The therapy derived from horseback riding is most beneficial. Individuals involved in such programs may experience increased muscular coordination, strength and balance along with improved self discipline, confidence and life skills.
The purpose of our program is to create opportunities for therapeutic benefits by providing the student with a horseback riding experience as a recreational modality. Also, it is intended that riding will enhance personal skill development (both mentally and physically) and extend an appreciation and understanding of horses.
A horse's walking gait mimics your body action. Sitting astride a horse, a person must move their trunk, arms, shoulders, head and the rest of their body in order to maintain balance. Only a live creature can make this happen. A horse can encourage your body to respond in a smooth, rhythmic manner.
Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso is a 501c3 non-profit therapeutic riding center dedicated to providing therapeutic riding services to children and adults with physical, developmental, emotional and learning disabilities in Western Texas, Southern New Mexico, Fort Bliss and Cd. Juarez, Mexico