712.239.5042 - 33148 K-22, SIOUX CITY, IOWA 51108

​​​Equine Assisted Services Since 1984


How Does Therapeutic Riding Work?

The experience of being in the presence of a horse automatically provides a constant stream of physical, mental, and emotional stimuli. Within our supportive format, the client is able to move and self-adjust in ways that create powerful opportunities for breakthrough moments in a short period of time.

The kinetic and natural aspects of the experience help clients to take initiative, explore solutions creatively, problem-solve, discover new strategies, and develop new strengths. With this immediate and unerring feedback, progress moves faster and with accelerated results. Clients come in excited and leave transformed with deep experience of reconnecting to their bodies in a powerful way.

Since 1983, we’ve worked with clients experiencing physical disability and injury; mental health issues; developmental disabilities; and chronic illness. Our clients face challenges with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain trauma, stroke, and paralysis; multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and arthritis; PTSD, depression, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorders.

How Can I Sign Up?
For more information, or to sign up, give us a call at (712) 239-5042, or fill out the form on our Contact page.

Our unique setting at STARS provides a host of intangible benefits to improve self-esteem and self-control while fostering positive relationships and learning opportunities. STARS supports each rider with compassion and empowerment, not pity. Our goals don’t limit riders by the same expectations they experience elsewhere in the world.

Therapeutic riding serves as physical, cognitive, and emotional therapy for riders while also teaching patience, cooperation, control, confidence, and self-esteem. Because of its extraordinary effectiveness STARS riders accomplish things they never thought possible, seeing the world – literally – from a new perspective, and experiencing freedom, release, and healing.

Therapeutic Riding (TR)

What is Therapeutic Riding?

Therapeutic riding utilizes the horse to help individuals of all ages who experience physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or social challenges. Therapeutic Riding and animal-assisted programs provide a significant, cost-efficient, and highly effective form of physical, learning, and development therapy.

Through structured activities, therapeutic riding utilizes the horse to evoke a response from the human client while providing the ideal kinetic, tactile environment for powerful, transformative situations that nearly everyone – despite age or ability – can fully experience.