Equine therapy is the practice of working with horses to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of an individual. Equine therapies can be beneficial on horseback or through ground based activities. The simple movements of riding a horse rhythmically can move the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance, muscle strength, circulation, breathing and more. The unique relationship formed with the horse and the special mirroring abilities of the horse provides benefits such as increased confidence, patience, and self – esteem.



STARS, one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Siouxland, has been offering equine assisted services since 1984. What started as an adaptive riding program has grown to include: Therapeutic Riding, Ground Work, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Horse Camp, and amazing partnerships with other organization in the community. Each year STARS serves participants with emotional, intellectual, and physical disabilities from Siouxland and the greater tri-state area. 

​​​​​Equine Assisted Services Since 1984


Ph: 712-239-5042 | 33148 K22, SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51108