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Healing With Horses Ranch

10014 N FM 973
Manor, TX, 78653
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Phone: (512) 288-4126
Website: www.healingwithhorsesranch.org
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Healing with Horses Ranch (The Double H Ranch) provides safe, affordable Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies to individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges to promote healing and independence.



History of riding therapy 

History records people with disabilities riding horses as early as the days of the ancient Greeks. Orbasis of ancient Lydia documented the therapeutic value of riding in 600 B.C. Even then, it was acknowledged that riding was more than a means of transportation; it was also a way of improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities. 

At the turn of the century, England recognized riding for the disabled as a beneficial form of therapy and offered riding therapy for wounded soldiers at the Oxford Hospital during World War I. By the 1950's, British physiotherapists were exploring the possibilities of riding as therapy for all types of disabilities. The British Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) was founded in 1969 with the enthusiastic support of the Royal Family.


 Riding therapy was introduced in Scandinavia in 1946 after two devastating outbreaks of poliomyelitis. Lis Hartel, an accomplished horsewoman, was stricken with the disease. Although surgery and physiotherapy helped her to walk again with the aid of crutches, she was determined to ride independently again and began daily supervised riding sessions to improve her muscle strength and coordination. Liz Hartel brought attention to riding for the disabled when she won the silver medal for Dressage at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. She and Ulla Harpoth, a physical therapist from Copenhagen, went on to use horses as therapy for their patients.


PATH, Intl. (formerly known as NARHA) , is the nationally recognized organization founded in 1969 to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada.


Horses Heal

Body-The rhythmic, three-dimensional and symmetrical movement of the horse provides physical benefits including:

* Enhanced muscle tone for strength and agility

* Enhanced circulation, respiration and metabolism

* Enhanced balance and coordination

* Enhanced fine and gross motor skills


Mind-The therapeutic riding experience offers unique opportunities for cognitive advancement such as increased:

* Concentration, reasoning and attention span

* Sensory integration

* Visual and spatial perception

* Language skills


Soul-The opportunity to bond and partner with the horse, achieve mobility and increase independence results in:

* Improved self-image

* Improved motivation

* Improved self-confidence

* Improved self-discipline














Donate or Volunteer


Volunteers are needed to:


  • Help care and develop the ranch
  • There are lots of trees that need to be cleared and cut down and mulched for arena footing
  • Paddocks and arena fencing needs to be installed. Every foot of fencing will cost about $3.50 in material and hundreds of volunteer hours
  • Assist in caring for the horses
  • Write grants and fund raising
  • Help keep our riders safe by taking on roles of Horse Handler and Side Walker and up to 3 volunteers are needed everyhour for every student taught.



Donations are needed for: 

  • Money to pay for Horse care, feed and hay.
  • It costs $15/week to pay for hoof trimming, veterinary care (if they only need vaccinations! They are not allowed to get sick or hurt!) and dental care(It costs $45/ week to feed one horse).
  • Pay for specifically trained PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International previously known as NARHA) Certified Riding Instructors
  • Help fund the Scholarship Fund so that no rider will ever be turned away due to finances!
  • Tack and equipment to help keep our riders and horses safe!










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