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Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc.

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Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals in the greater Indianapolis community with physical, cognitive and/or behavioral challenges through equine assisted therapies and activities.

We offer year round programs in equine assisted activities, including therapeutic riding, hippotherapy and equine learning program. We also offer special summer programs and a variety of volunteer opportunities. Morning Dove is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) and employs PATH-certified instructors to facilitate classes. We offer a number of programs including therapeutic riding lessons, hippotherapy, Heroes on Board, our veteran’s program, our summer program, A Horse Like Me for children on the autism spectrum, as well as a host of unmounted equine-assisted programs. New participants are referred by current riders and their families, physicians, therapists, school counsellors, or find Morning Dove by word of mouth.

After an assessment by one of our nationally certified instructors, participants attend weekly equine therapy sessions which include learning about horses, grooming, and riding both in the enclosed arena and on our nature trails. Sessions are carefully planned with specific cognitive, physical and social goals for each participant, so that progress can be tracked and lesson plans can be adjusted to meet each rider’s individual needs.

To best serve our participants, Morning Dove partners with specialists including St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation Services for hippotherapy and our autism summer program, Easterseals Crossroads Indiana, local schools and organizations serving special needs children and adults. Our veterans’ program is offered in collaboration with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. Morning Dove also participates in Indiana Special Olympics offering equestrian sports training and athletic competition in an Olympic-type sport for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Morning Dove is funded in part through lesson fees, but primarily must rely on individual and corporate philanthropy, as well as targeted grants. Our goal is to serve the broadest community possible regardless of ability to pay.


Katie Carroll

Location Zionsville, Indiana
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Children
  5. Disabilities
  6. Equine-assisted activities
  7. Farms
  8. Horseback riding
  9. Horses
  10. Human-animal bond
  11. Mammals
  12. Therapeutic horsemanship