About Our Services

LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center accepts people of all ages and disabilities. Riders can be referred by therapists, case managers, friends, family, treatment centers or come on their own. Rider's are provided with individual treatment plans based upon their needs and goals. Many of our riders demonstrate higher levels of self-esteem, improved focus and increased physical capabilities.

We are a full service facility offering individual therapeutic riding services daily by a licensed occupational therapist with many years of equestrian experience. Our program continually strives to improve the safety associated with riding horses by conducting therapy in a newly built, handicapped accessible barn. A viewing room is available for client's family to watch the lesson and stay comfortable in a climate controlled area.

Programs We Offer

  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding
  • Grooming/Barn Management Groups
  • Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy


LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic riding program serving children and adults with disabilities each year. The program operates 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, year round. Clients generally have the same time ‘spot’ on a weekly basis; for example Friday at 1:00 pm, and are expected to come regularly. 3 missed sessions in a row constitutes losing your ‘spot’.

Eligibility Requirements & Admittance Process

Any person diagnosed with an emotional, physical, cognitive disability from age 2 years and up is eligible to apply for enrollment into one of LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center programs. There are additional requirements that students must first meet before we can enroll them in our program.



  • The first step is to contact LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center office to discuss space availability. Once an open spot is determined, the student, student’s parent's, or legal guardian must fill out copies of all the LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center enrollment forms. No student may begin sessions with LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center until all forms are received. The enrollment forms can be found on the website or may be obtained by coming to the barn.
  • The student and his/her parent(s) or caregiver must attend a preliminary evaluation and intake meeting with Donna Lariviere, Occupational Therapist. This intake and evaluation process is in place to help LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center establish the best treatment plan possible for each individual student. It is also at this time that precautions and contraindications to riding for particular disabilities are reviewed and discussed on an individual basis.
  • Students with specific treatment plans that include specialized emergency procedures, medical prescriptions, or actions to be taken around behavioral issues must have a parent or caregiver accompany them to each session with LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center.
  • LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center considers itself to be a “sex offender restricted zone” as defined in Section 261(4) of Title 17-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. Any person who is required to register in Maine for placement on Maine’s sex offender registry and who has been convicted of a sex offense against another person who had not in fact attained 14 years of age may not have any direct or indirect contact at LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers or clients. LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center reserves the right to exclude from its program and the premises it controls any person convicted of a sex offense.

Tuition Funding Options

Use your flexible spending account. With a written prescription from your doctor, hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding may be considered an out-of-pocket medical expense. If you have and use a flexible medical spending account, you will enjoy the benefits of saving’s account using pre-taxed dollars. We will provide you with documentation that includes the date's of service and payment made.

Service organizations such as the local Lions Club and Knights of Columbus or disability organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association may be willing to help you fund hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding.

Maine Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Grants for up to $250 per year may be given for therapeutic horseback riding or hippotherapy. You can download an application for this program by going to the Maine Chapter’s website or can receive one by calling 1-800-FIGHTMS

If you can establish that hippotherapy can help your child’s education in PET process your school district may be a funding source.

Woodfords Family Service. The Maine Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services provides limited funds for recreational experiences for children with developmental and emotional disabilities. For children 0-6 the child’s diagnosis must be one of the following: Developmental Delay, Mental Retardation, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or documentation of an emotional behavioral disability. For children ages 6-18 years of age the diagnosis must by one or more of the following: Mental Retardation, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or documentation of an emotional or behavioral disorder. The child must reside with a parent or legal guardian. Call 207-878-9663 or 1-800-439-0314 or email: info@woodfords.org.

Child Development Services. Now functioning under the Department of Education, CDS may approve hippotherapy for children ages 2-5 years of age. A listing of county-by- county CDS offices can be viewed at www.mainecite.org. The York County office is at 39 Limerick Road , Arundel 207-985-7861. CDS funding must be approved by an Early Childhood Team.

Maine Parkinson Society.  Grants are offered for respite services which may include therapy intervention.  Please call 1-800-832-4116 or visit the web site at www.maineparkinsonsociety.org for more details.

LaDawn often has scholarship funds received from grants. Please contact the program for availability.