Super Troopers Program


Therapeutic Equine Care Program  allows participants to develop a real bond with our horses as they work with and around them during a one hour class. Students learn the fundamentals of equine care such as brushing, picking hooves, cleaning tack, and bathing. These skills help enhance physical, cognitive, emotional and socialization skills while interacting with equine partners and fellow students. Super Troopers experience what it means to be the caretaker of an animal, and the pride that goes along with that. Our trained volunteers are assigned to a student and assist our PATH certified therapeutic instructors with planned activities. Six students maximum per class.

Therapeutic Riding Program helps participants reach physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication development goals. Our PATH certified instructors take great care in assigning the appropriate horse or pony to match the needs of each student. The lesson plan is designed to address individual objectives. For example, a lesson may incorporate number or color recognition, balance and core exercises, or other activities that have a therapeutic benefit in addition to teaching fundamental riding skills. Trained volunteers not only help prepare the horses for the program, but also serve as side walkers and horse leaders. Each student has two side walkers (people who walk alongside them for comfort, safety and security) and a horse leader. Volunteers lead all horses; students do not have full control of their animal unless they have reached a level of complete independence. Classes last one hour, and the ride is approximately 40-45 minutes long. Four students maximum per class.

Joining our Programs 

Prospective applicants must be at least 4 years of age. To discuss eligibility, schedule a tour and intake evaluation with one of our PATH certified instructors, please call Caroleigh Evarts, Therapeutic Program Coordinator, at 203-966-0634 or email

Eligibility process:

  • Tour and intake evaluation (Please allow 45 minutes, unmounted visit)
  • Submit completed application (Answer all questions thoroughly)
  • Application reviewed by our therapeutic team
  • Notification of eligibility for the next available session

Program sessions:

  • Fall/Spring: 8 week sessions equine care and adaptive riding
  • Winter: 6 week equine care session
  • Summer: 2 week summer camp equine care and adaptive riding

Privates are available on a limited basis.



NCMT 2015 recipient of the

Michele E. Arnhold 

Memorial Horse Whisperer Grant 

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NCMT 2017 IICF Grant Recipient