Since 1976, we have led the effort to help those with disabilities to lead more enriched lives through adaptive horseback riding and hippotherapy.
At Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, our mission is to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities, and to be an inspiration and educational resource to the therapeutic riding profession, both regionally and nationally.
A history of transforming lives
Little Bit was founded in 1976 by a woman named Margaret Dunlap. Margaret had Multiple Sclerosis and found that being on the back of a horse slowed the advance of her disease. From our humble beginnings of one horse and five riders, we have grown to be one of the largest nationally accredited, industry-leading PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International centers and one of the largest full-time therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States. We offer Adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy, and serve 230 riders and patients each week with 22 horses and the help of more than 350 volunteers.
MAKING STRIDES THROUGH THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP
Our flagship programs—Adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy—both utilize the unique qualities of the horse to effect positive change in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
These programs provide life-changing physical benefits including strengthening muscles, preventing bone weakness and joint dislocation, improving balance, and enhancing hand/eye coordination. These benefits improve a rider’s overall health, which, in turn, can increase life expectancy.
They also ripple into other aspects of daily living: promoting confidence and independence, improving communication skills and peer interaction, enhancing concentration and memory, stimulating problem-solving, and providing achievable goals.