Capturing Kids’ Hearts for Learning,
WITH Horses



Learning WITH Horses is a Pediatric Therapy Facility incorporating Hippotherapy as a treatment modality to guide the child’s occupational therapy treatment plan. We are located North of San Antonio in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas seven miles off Interstate I-10. Our facility offers 40 acres of green pastures and trails, covered arena, and a therapy clinic.


The following questions will help you determine if hoppotherapy or therapeutic riding at Learning WITH Horses is a good fit for your child.

Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis combined with the principles of learning are the core essentials of the Learning WITH Horses Program. We strive to help each of our clients become independent learners and what better motivation than Capturing Their Hearts for Learning WITH Horses.


Learning WITH Horses serves children ages 2-13 who have developmental delays, learning disabilities, and sensory integration disorder. Other indications for treatment are children with challenges in the following areas:

· balance and postural control
· strength and/or range of motion
· motor coordination
· sensorimotor function
· arousal and attention
· play, communication, and social skills
· academics
· self-confidence

From the field

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“ Our mission is to capture kids’ hearts for learning with horses ”

Marci Taylor
Learning WITH Horses

What kinds of special needs or challenges does your child have?

Our facility serves children with a wide variety of diagnoses and learning challenges. Any child who is in need of quality therapy, adaptive riding or would benefit from a jumpstart in learning may be appropriate to receive services at Learning WITH Horses.

Are you looking for Hippotherapy?

Here at Learning WITH Horses we offer a break from traditional therapies and incorporate the treatment strategy and benefits of HIPPOTHERAPY/Equine-Assisted therapy) into our therapy sessions. 

Are you looking for Therapeutic Riding/Adaptive Riding?

Therapeutic Riding/Adaptive Riding offers your child time to destress and have some fresh air while learning the sport of horseback riding in a positive learning environment.  

Do you have a prescription/referral?

A prescription is required for Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding/Adaptive Riding. Learning WITH Horses provides the necessary prescription/referral forms. 

How old is your child?

We treat children from age 2 up to 16 years of age.

How much does your child weigh?

A weight limit is in place and at the discretion of the treating therapist to ensure safety. We treat children up to 160 pounds based upon the child’s functional status. A lesser weight limit of 60-80 pounds may be implemented for children requiring more assistance with sitting and ambulation.

What is your child’s head control like?

Children must have adequate head control to be able to tolerate the movement of the horse.

Can your child tolerate wearing a riding helmet?

All riders must be able to tolerate being fitted with and wearing an approved riding helmet for the duration of each treatment on the horse and any activity where the horse is involved.

Any contraindications?

One example of a contraindication might be allergies to horses. When the evaluation is scheduled, the referring physician will be asked to complete a medical form to confirm appropriateness and clear the patient of any possible contraindications.

If you feel hippotherapy or therapeutic riding is a good fit for your child click on contact link or call (210)863-8362 to hear more about Learning WITH Horses.

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2. Champagne D., Dugas, C. (2010) Nov; Improving gross motor function and postural control with hippotherapy in children with Down syndrome: case reports. Physiotherapy Theory Practice., 26(8):564-71
3. Debuse, D., Chandler, C., Gibb, C. An exploration of German and British physiotherapists’ views on the effects of hippotherapy and their measurement. Physiotherapy Theory Practice. 2005 Oct-Dec; 21(4):219-42.
4. Northern Clinics of Istanbul. (2015) What is hippotherapy? The indications and effectiveness of Hippotherapy. July 28, 2021.
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