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Therapeutic Riding ~ How It Works

Horses and people have nearly identical strides. We have the same number of steps per minute, stride lengths and the same hip rotation while walking. These similarities allow the horse to facilitate the motion of the human stride for our riders. The benefits to our students include improved joint mobility, better balance and coordination. Without conscious effort, our riders are treated to a proven therapy that is both fun and rewarding while they gain confidence and achieve health and fitness goals.

The needs of each student are carefully considered when we assemble a personal therapeutic team. Each includes the rider, horse, instructor and others necessary to maximize the benefits of each lesson. Our PATH certified instructors and trained volunteers treat all riders with respect and work toward building a friendly and caring relationship with each member of our BTR family.

Who Can Benefit

There are many conditions that have shown improvement from use of therapeutic horseback riding. Some of them have been included in the list below.

We welcome riders of all ages and varying abilities with parental or medical consent. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have about our program. We look forward to hearing from you.

  Autism Spectrum Cerebral Palsy Emotional & Behavioral Disorders
  ADD / Hyperactivity Disorders Brain Injury / Head Trauma Developmental Delay
  Down Syndrome Multiple Sclerosis  

Additional Conditions ...


Sarah Helping Sweetfeet

"Having the opportunity to ride horseback at BTR has opened Sarah's eyes to a whole new world of movement and sensation. Riding helps establish new pathways in her brain and she looks forward to riding each week."

Bev, mother


Sarah Helping Sweetfeet

"After thirteen years with BTR, this great therapy continues to keep me mobile and active with the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis."

~ Terri



We offer day camps for groups and organizations!

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MEDICAID accepted through Home and Community Based Services


Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding does not manage direct insurance billing and does not receive any reimbursements directly from insurance companies. However, some medical plans cover these fees so please check with your provider.


If you know of someone who could benefit from the rewards of a therapeutic horseback riding program, don't wait, call today!

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Established 2000

Member Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International
Member Montana Non-Profit Association

BTR is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization

Member PATH International



599 Popham Lane, Corvallis, Montana 59828 (406) 880-6599 btr@bitterrootriding.org