TLC Riding Academy, Inc. is a therapeutic horseback riding program for persons with disabilities.  Therapeutic riding uses horseback riding and other equine assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities.  Our program accepted its first rider in December of 2006.  We are a Member Center of PATH International, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (formerly NARHA–North American Riding for the Handicapped Association).

Our mission statement is as follows:  TLC Riding Academy, Inc. will provide persons with disabilities the opportunity to use horseback riding and other related equine activities as experiences where they can grow and develop physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially, educationally, and/or behaviorally, thus enhancing their quality of life.

We are a nonprofit organization which operates entirely on grants, donations, and a small fee for services.  We are currently an all volunteer organization.  Our lesson fee is $15 per hour, but no eligible persons will be denied services because of their inability to pay.

Individuals, civic organizations, corporations, and city and county governmental entities can help us by providing cash donations.  We encourage donors to remember our program when they want to give memorials or honorariums.   Since TLC Riding Academy, Inc. is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by IRS, your monetary gifts are tax deductible.  We also appreciate donations of riding equipment, horses, office supplies, etc. which are specified on our wish list.   Also, a very simple way to help us is to set GoodSearch.com as your home page on your computer; you can earn money for our riding program each time you do an internet search.  You can also use GoodShop.com to help us earn money each time you buy items from over 1,000 popular stores while online.

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Volunteers:  If we did not have the support of our loyal volunteers, we could not function.  Volunteers can work directly with our riders as sidewalkers, horse leaders, spotters, or peer riders.  They also can help take care of the horses, clean stalls, clean tack, and help us maintain our facilities.

We have served individuals with the following disabilities.

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Congenital Myopathy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Global Delays
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Tourette’s Disorder
Many, many thanks to West Tennessee Healthcare and Gibson General Healthcare Foundation for featuring us in the following video!

 

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