Throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals with and without disabilities experience the rewarding benefits of equine-assisted services (EAS). 

​Chastain Horse Park is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. This designation confirms that our center is operating according to the best standards and practices in the industry—safety, professionalism, credibility. PATH Intl. is an international voice of the EAS industry. As the premier professional membership organization, PATH Intl. advocates for EAS and provides standards for safe and ethical equine interaction, through education, communication, standards and research.

PATH Intl. Fact Sheet


Therapeutic riding uses equine-assisted activities for the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities.


Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait and experiencing the motion of the horse can be very therapeutic. Individuals with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

We serve children (4 years and older) and adults with disabilities of all types. 

Service conducted by:

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Registered Certified Instructors who have a strong equine background as well as an understanding of various disabilities. Instructors and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is general assisted by two side walkers and a horse leader.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Paperwork


Chastain Horse Park makes Therapeutic Programming

financially accessible to all.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Scholarship Application

We are an approved vendor for some of the third party payer agencies such as Acumen Fiscal Agent, Georgia Community Solutions and Services, Bobby Dodd Institute, Easter Seals/Champions for Children, Georgia Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission.


Therapy is provided by licensed medical or behavioral health professionals working within their scope of practice in counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy, recreational therapy and speech-language pathology. The therapist determines how equine interactions, movement or aspects of the equine environment may enhance the client’s individualized treatment plan with the goals of improving the client’s sensorimotor, cognitive, behavioral, emotional or psychological function for improved health and wellness. Best practice dictates the therapy professionals obtain specialized training focused on the safe inclusion of horses in treatment. 


Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attention skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.

Chastain Horse Park partners with

My Heroes Therapy 

to conduct therapy services (PT, OT, and SLP)

at our facility.

Physical Therapists

The physical therapist can overlay a variety of motor tasks on the horse’s movement to address the motor needs of each patient and to promote functional outcomes in skill areas related to gross motor ability such as sitting, standing, and walking.

Occupational Therapists

The occupational therapist is able to combine the effects of the equine movement with other standard intervention strategies for working on fine motor control, sensory integration, feeding skills, attention skills, and functional daily living skills in a progressively challenging manner.

Speech-Language Pathologists

The speech-language pathologist is able to use equine movement to facilitate the physiologic systems that support speech and language. 

Contact My Heroes Therapy for paperwork, insurance and cost details:

My Heroes Therapy

Brent Applegate 



 Client Information form

Ayers Sensory History form


There has been rapid growth in the Therapeutic Riding sector, however there is still continual research occurring to quantitatively determine its effectiveness. The effects are clear to anyone who has experienced it, but more research is still needed. 


6 Areas Research Shows Horses Benefit Children

"Peer reviewed research proves equine therapy yields a variety of psychotherapeutic benefits including self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-concept, communication, trust, perspective, anxiety reduction, decreased isolation, self-acceptance, improved locus of control, assertiveness, boundaries, connection to others, and spiritual.  "


CHP's Community Outreach program is designed to improve participants with functional life skills, provide a hands on experiential learning opportunity, non-judgmental environment and chance to be exposed to horses, horsemanship, and all the benefits provided by such experiences. The customized program for each group boosts the participant’s self-confidence and social skills. It allows individuals to interact and communicate not only with each other but with the horses as they give them commands while riding and listen to directions from the instructor.

Field Trips

Field trips may be up to two hours in length and structured as either mounted or non-mounted sessions. Student visitors receive an introduction to horse grooming, handling and riding. CHP provides trained staff and volunteers to conduct and supervise the direct activities for field trips, however groups are required to provide adequate parental or staff support to maintain the safety and integrity of the group.

Stable Senses 

This experiential program focuses on at-risk youth populations and focuses on community and self-development. The program includes interaction with our horses as well as team-building and communication activities to increase self-confidence, responsibility and leadership potential. Benefits of Stable Sense: discovery—discover the meaning of team in an outdoor environment, compassion—develop lasting relationships with peers and horses alike, opportunity—open new doors to improve self-confidence and leadership skills.