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People of all ages and abilities can benefit from the powerful connection with the right horse and the “magic” that happens during horse-centered activities.
We invite you to learn more about our programs and get involved with LTR
as a sponsor, a volunteer or a participant.

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Therapeutic Riding


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By partnering with LTR horses our programs are developed to foster a community environment that promotes learning, inclusion, respect & independence.

Therapeutic riding and associated equine activities are widely recognized as beneficial for people with disabilities or special needs and has been shown to:

  • develop self-awareness and build self-confidence
  • improve concentration and increase self-discipline
  • strengthen and relax muscles
  • improve posture
  • increase core strength, balance, coordination, and joint mobility

Off the horse, our therapeutic horsemanship program also improves confidence, attitude and self-image by learning or mastering a new skill. Working towards these goals, students improve their Continue reading “Therapeutic Riding”

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Hippotherapy


hippotherapy-mainHippotherapy is a physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement and differs from therapeutic riding in that learning riding skills is not the goal.

From the Greek word hippos, meaning horse, Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse”.  The term refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.

In Hippotherapy, the horse influences the rider rather than the rider controlling the horse. The rider is positioned on the horse and actively responds to his movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse; analyzes the rider’s responses, and adjusts the treatment accordingly. ¹

LTR Hippotherapy Provider:

Catherine Wycoff, PT, DPT, GCFP, HPCS

Catherine is a physical therapist and a Hippotherapy Clinic Specialist who works with both adults and children with orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses at LTR as well as in her private practice. She teaches continuing education workshops for physical therapists and holds a PATH Intl. Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Certification.

For more information on this service please contact us.


1. American Hippotherapy Association

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Carriage Driving


Therapeutic Carriage Driving

In addition to riding lessons, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding offers a carriage and cart driving program for those participants who cannot or choose not to sit astride a horse, yet can still benefit from the interaction with the horse and the equine activity.

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This program develops communication skills, improves gross and fine motor skills, builds self-confidence, self-awareness, trust and encourages students to form positive relationships in a social, sensory rich environment.     Continue reading “Carriage Driving”

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Equine Services for Heroes


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Path International Equine Services for Heroes

Our Heroes benefit from a strong with a horse

Under the guidance of highly experienced and trained personnel, LTR provides quality equine-assisted activities and therapies for wounded military and veterans here on the beautiful grounds of the Morven Park Equestrian Center. As a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, LTR is proud to offer the Equine Services for Heroes program at no charge to the veteran.

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