Welcome to Southern Delaware Therapeutic & Recreational Horseback Riding, Inc. (SDTRHR). Our mission is to provide equine-assisted therapy promoting the physical, emotional and educational growth of children and adults with special needs in our community. We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit, PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) affiliated center located in Eastern Sussex County. Presently, we are the only PATH-affiliated center in Sussex and Kent Counties.
Our PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers have provided planned sessions in equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with special needs since 1988.
Why therapy with horses?
Horseback riding is a progressive form of therapy for individuals with physical and emotional challenges. The gait of the horse is the closest replicating movement to human gait and can be more effective than traditional, clinic-based forms of therapy. The horse's motion helps improve muscular strength, coordination and balance of the rider.
Equine-assisted therapy also provides psychosocial benefits through equine and human interaction that occurs. The horses, instructors and volunteers create a caring environment that enables participants to gain valuable communication and coping skills.
Conditions served include:
Mental Retardation Muscular Dystrophy
Youth at Risk
How can I get involved?
Whatever your talent or interest, it can be put to great use at SDTRHR! You may volunteer as a program participant, donate a horse or equipment or make a difference with a tax-deductible contribution. Whatever you are able to provide, SDTRHR appreciates your assistance! You will find volunteer applications on our Forms page. You can also make a contribution online by clicking the PayPal "Donate" button at the bottom of any page.