Hi.  I just wanted to let you know how much my daughter is loving the horseback riding lessons this summer! She seems so confident and sure of herself when she is riding, not one sign of her ADHD or anxieties!  You have such a wonderful program and I feel blessed to have found you.  Thank you so much! Also, I would be very interested in having her continue lessons in the fall.

—FB, 8/1/2016

Jamie GlierI must say the people who make the center happen really get it!

They provide the bridge for nature to operate at its best. Jamie feels so connected and so proud rising to the occasion of the trust in the relationship between himself and his horse and exhibits everything he can be to be there. I thank Judy and all staff and volunteers that make such a great thing real; there patience and understanding of their mission reflect in Jamie’s excitement to be there at 11 a.m. every Tuesday. As I speak in Jay’s behalf, Thanks So Much. –Skip Glier

My name is Rachel Gregory. I am 14 years old. I started volunteering at the Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) in March of 2007 as a sixth grader.

I had no horse background what-so-ever but I was accepted gratefully along with my two brothers and mother by the excellent leadership at TEC. Even though I was so young they allowed me to get involved with whatever I could. They showed me proper horse care and safety so I could do barn work until I was old enough to work with the riders.

Now I am a freshman in High School and, even though I have only been riding for two and a half years, I am at the 2’3 – 2’6 jumping level at Mount Holyoke College (MHC). I am on the high school IEA riding team.  I am so thankful for the experience at TEC because without them I probably would not be riding right now, but because I volunteered at TEC a couple of times a week, I learned so much that when I did start riding I was able to just put it all to use.

This program helps people of any age with a disability improve dramatically. It helps them get out and meet new people who care about their well being. In the years that I have been there, I have seen riders recover control of body parts and strengthen their core muscles so they can stand (sit) up straight. The instructors try their best to give the riders an enjoyable experience that not only helps their physical appearance but also their mental state.

The horses at TEC are virtually bomb proof. If something does happen, the horse reacts well and helps the person. One time someone injured their ankle and the horse let the injured person put all his weight on her neck while she slowly walked the hopping person to where he could get help.

The horses, riders, other volunteers, instructors, and director at TEC have taught me so much about horses, life in general, and people with disabilities. Thank you everyone!