Karins Horse Connection Therapeutic Programs

Karin’s Horse Connection is our 501(c)3 non-profit which provides equine centered therapeutic programs open to people of all ages and abilities – everyone is welcome!  Our passion is to see other people fall in love with our horses and find the healing and joy found in a human-horse connection. Many of our instructors are PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certified and have years of experience working with children, youth, and adults. We have several very well-trained ponies and horses that love people, and who are used to working with whatever special accommodations are required.

We offer Adaptive Vaulting, Therapeutic Riding, a Farm Work Therapy program, and the opportunity for groups to come on Field Trips and experience the stables and ride the horses.  And for those that may not physically be able to come to the stables, we can come to you with our certified therapy horse, ‘Peanut’!

Adaptive Vaulting

Therapeutic Adaptive Vaulting, or better described as horseback riding in different positions, is offered one-on-one for special needs individuals. Adaptive vaulting can be done at the halt, walk, trot or canter. Most students quickly relax and harmonize with the horse, gaining balance, coordination, and body strength through the constant stimulation of countless muscles. All sorts of exercises, done as an individual (or even as a pair!), provide variety and a sense of achievement.  This is a great boost for the rider’s self-esteem–not to mention FUN! There are also opportunities to participate in local competitions or shows and earn ribbons!

We use special equipment: a comfortable, non-slip pad on the horse’s back, and a surcingle with two big handles instead of a traditional saddle. This allows the rider to feel closer to the horse, to change positions (backwards, knees, etc.), and hold on when desired. The lungeur or leader controls the horse, which makes it very safe and allows the rider to focus on what they are doing. In addition, we use side walkers as needed and occasionally a back rider for safety and instruction.  All lessons are open to individuals of ALL ages and abilities. Taught privately or semi-privately with one of our qualified instructors. Cost is $33 per 30 minute lesson.

Check out this article which gives more information on our Adaptive Vaulting Program: “Vaulting to New Heights“

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding, is offered one-on-one for special needs individuals. This program combines with our Adaptive Vaulting program where riders can ride at the halt, walk, trot or canter. Most students quickly relax and harmonize with the horse, gaining balance, coordination, and body strength through the constant stimulation of countless muscles.  Some riders will ride with a traditional saddle and reins, while others will use special equipment: a comfortable, non-slip pad on the horse’s back, and a surcingle with two big handles. This allows the rider to feel closer to the horse, to change positions (backwards, knees, etc.), and to hold on when desired. All sorts of exercises provide a variety and sense of achievement, which is a great boost for the rider’s self-esteem– not to mention FUN!  The leader or lunger controls the horse, which makes it very safe and allows the rider to focus on what they are doing. In addition, we use side walkers as needed and occasionally a back rider for safety and instruction. All lessons are open to individuals of ALL ages and abilities. 30 minute or 1 hour, private or semi-private lessons are taught with one of our qualified instructors. $33 per 30 minutes.

Farm Work Therapy

An adaptive program for adults with special needs who have aged out of the school system and are unable to hold a job.  Each session offers individuals the opportunity to come to the stables for one hour, once a week. Participants will ‘work’ for 30 minutes doing various farm tasks, then will interact with therapy horses and ponies for 30 minutes. Each individual must come with a parent, guardian, or aide.

Each individual must come with a parent, guardian, or aide.
Must wear closed-toe shoes
Contact us to apply
Commit to an 8 week session
8 week sessions are limited to 6 participants.
Contact us at legacystables.karin@gmail.com or 616-570-1106 for more info or to apply.

Visits from Peanut

Bring some excitement to your care facility or special event with a visit from our Miniature Horse, Peanut!  Peanut is a certified therapeutic animal and the most petted pony in West Michigan. He loves to bring joy to people’s lives by allowing them to feel and experience a real, live horse!

Call 616-570-1106 or email legacystables.karin@gmail.com for more info!

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