Therapeutic Riding


Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.  It provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation and leisure just to name a few.  Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to the human gate and cannot be duplicated in other types of therapy.  Riders who have physical disabilities often show dramatic improvement in muscle strength, balance and flexibility.  


We currently have over 45 riders a week that benefit from this program.  Jake E's has five Therapeutic Riding Instructors on staff who are certified through PATH, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, and are life-long equestrians themselves.  They are very knowledgeable in horsemanship and working with a wide range of physical disabilities.



Horses and Heroes

Since 2011, Jake E’s Riding Round Up has been at the forefront in providing equine assisted therapy to various populations of adults and children with special needs in North East Texas. Building upon this rich history and foundation, Jake E’s is now evolving and expanding its clinical services with a unique and specialized veterans program 'Horses and Heroes.'  The purpose of this program is to help veterans who have suffered injuries, both physical and mental, to better their lives through building a relationship with the horse.  Horses are incredible, majestic animals that are extremely sensitive to changes in humans, providing the client and the therapist instant and crucial insight into the client's thoughts and feelings, even when no words are spoken.

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Uniqueness of Our Program:

  • Integrated treatment plan with veteran, therapist, and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ES).

  • Treatment input is from the veteran, the therapist, the equine specialist, and the horse’s powerful nonverbal reactions and behaviors regarding the veteran’s unspoken emotional states.

  • Location: Jake E’s is located in a beautiful, unspoiled area of Kaufman county near Terrell.  Jake E’s is within easy driving distance of East Texas counties.


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This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.  

For more information, visit​ https://TVC.Texas.gov


Equine-facilitated psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the client, therapist, PATH Certified Equine Specialist and an equine. The horse is a critically important partner due to their prey nature and intense sensitivity to subtle changes in their environment.  Because of this, horses help heal people struggling with mental health issues because they react and respond differently based upon the person's emotional state.  Emotional states in human beings impact our physiology.  The horses are able to sense these changes and act as a large biofeedback machine, providing the client and the therapist with information regarding the client's moods and changes within these moods.  This provides a huge amount of information for both the client and the therapist. 


For more information, contact our Equine Therapy Coordinator, Paige Courtney, at (972) 962 - 2828 or by email at horses@jakeesrr.org