Galloping Acres Therapeutic Riding

Our mission is to provide transformative therapeutic riding experiences for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, enhancing their overall well-being and promoting personal growth through the unique connection between horses and people.

Saddle up for strength, balance, and confidence at Galloping Acres.

Therapeutic horseback riding engages the rider’s muscles, joints, and core, promoting physical strength, balance, and coordination. The rhythmic motion of the horse simulates natural movement patterns, encouraging participants to improve their motor skills, posture, and overall physical abilities. As riders gain confidence and control over their bodies, they experience a physical transformation that can extend beyond the riding arena, enhancing their daily functioning and mobility.

Discover the transformative power of horseback riding at Galloping Acres.

The combination of physical, emotional, psychological, and social transformations leads to an overall improvement in well-being. Therapeutic horseback riding promotes holistic growth, positively impacting the participants’ physical health, emotional resilience, cognitive functioning, and social interactions. The transformative power of therapeutic riding extends beyond the physical and mental aspects, influencing participants’ overall quality of life, confidence, and sense of purpose.

Embrace the freedom to overcome challenges at Galloping Acres

Therapeutic horseback riding offers cognitive stimulation and development through various activities and exercises. Riders must follow instructions, solve problems, and make decisions while interacting with the horse. These cognitive demands enhance focus, attention, memory, and cognitive flexibility. As riders engage in mental tasks during riding sessions, they experience cognitive transformation and improvements in their cognitive abilities that can extend to other areas of their lives.

Galloping Acres is a local PATH International Member Center providing Equine Assisted Services (EAS) for individuals with physical, cognitive, social, or emotional disabilities. The Center is also an active member of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV). Galloping Acres provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to children and adults in Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Louisa, and Richmond counties. Our mission is to encourage people with functional needs to achieve a better quality of life through physical, social, and spiritual development by interacting with their equine partners. Galloping Acres provides services to children and adults ranging from 6 years old to seniors to help improve their lives at home, school, work, and in their community. We’ve been enriching lives since 2001 through our therapeutic riding program. We offer Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) in addition to our mounted therapy program. Galloping Acres can also provide support for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) for individuals or groups with their own mental health provider.

In line with its mission statement of fostering equine-assisted activities by offering educational and networking opportunities to operating centers and raising public awareness of the benefits of these activities to individuals with disabilities, TRAV annually offers educational workshops for its membersĀ and for many years has held an annual horse show at the Virginia Horse Center. Visit to learn more


There are many ways that you can make a difference and help the Galloping Acres Foundation, Inc. in its continuing commitment to providing therapeutic riding to the community. Volunteer to help us on-site, contribute a monetary donation and/or provide us with much needed assistance through our Wish List.

Galloping Acres Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit foundation. Through the generosity of people like you, Galloping Acres is able to continue providing these valuable services to the community. 

Monetary donations 

are used to provide scholarships and buy additional equipment. Donations of any size are warmly accepted.

If you would like to make a donation you may send your payment to Galloping Acres Foundation, Inc.

or contact us by phone or email using the information on our Contact Us page.

Sponsors, Donors & Partners

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to all our sponsors, donors & partners that help us better serve our community.